Squad Analysis 2020/21

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Marjorie, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    I think that's where he's instructed to play so that's where he does stuff. I see him having a lot of potential behind the striker. Has all the qualities
  2. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    It's quite clear to me we lack a proper all round CF, a creative midfielder and a number 6 to play alongside Partey. And this is just a minimum, if things dont improve with Pepe we will need an RW too.

    We're in a weird situation tho, our best striker is deployed on the left wing, but it still feels weird nailing him down as our LW for the foreseeable future especially given his age. But in any case it's best that we go for an all round CF, my choice is obviously Édouard but of course there are alternatives. Creative midfielder is an absolute top priority, I mean it should have been a priority in the last window. Aouar top of the list but perhaps we should be prepared to look toward alternatives like Szoboszlai perhaps. And number 6, this one I don't really have many names, maybe Soumare but I'm not sure. But it's clear we need someone who has the strengths of Xhaka without the limitations that comes with playing him.
  3. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    I have faith that Martinelli can force himself into the team next season. Might mean him LWF and Auba CF. Lacazette will be sold.

    That leaves Nelson, Pepe, Willian and Saka fighting for 1 role. Doubt that we'll see a cf join next year.
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  4. Makavelii

    Makavelii Well-Known Member

    What’s wrong with Ceballos?

    Szoboszlai is definitely a better long term option.
    I’d prefer Daka over Edouard as well.
  5. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Ceballos isn't a number 6.
  6. MikelHadADream

    MikelHadADream Well-Known Member

    Given Artera seems against playing Auba at 9, we desperately need a center forward, would argue its more important than a creative midfielder at this point. Not having a competent 9 absolutely kills the team.
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  7. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    A creative force is far more important. These guys are converting on 2-3 chances a game after taking 20 touches or less sometimes lol.

    Our problems are definitely system and creativity related. Our forward line isn’t the best, but it’s up there.

    My only criticism of Arteta in that regard was shoe horning Willian into an attack that was growing in familiarity towards the end of last season.

    Otherwise it’s mostly growing pains, players trying to get used to transitioning from aimlessly playing out from the back into attack in a very rigid system. It will take time.

    A new CF to close down, press and run bleep tests for 90 mins will definitely be needed in the summer though. Someone like Antonio from West Ham or Jesus at City would be more Arteta’s cup of tea. I’m not saying sign them just saying that’s his type.

    It’s not Lacazette’s game and it’s making him look pathetic out there.
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  8. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    He does that himself tbh, would take a miracle worker to make him not look pathetic.
  9. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    Definitely agree with the Lacazette point of view. I actually think he'd be good in the old Wenger, chance creation teams, but the way that not just our football but football in general has changed, makes him a passenger.
  10. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    I know you can’t resist putting the boot in, but your boi Giroud would also look foolish doing the same role, probably worse.
    If it’s not your game it’s just not your game.

    In any case there’s like 4 or 5 threads saying how awful Lacazette is which wasn’t my intention- this is me emphasising that we need a bleep test merchant.
  11. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    I think Giroud is rubbish too, just better than Lacazette. Could do with neither ever playing for Arsenal but Giroud wasn't 55 million and at least at some height and strength to him.

    'bleep test merchant' you mean a player that actually has pace, stamina and athleticism?
  12. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    Yes. My type of player believe it or not but I like the term.
  13. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    Dunno man, the way you love off Lacazette makes me think you hate fast players.
  14. Santi's Left Foot

    Santi's Left Foot Sleeps in Theo's bed

    What is the reason Auba is even playing on the wing?

    Like I don't think i've ever heard an explanation for it. Surely he's about as close to a CF as you can get
  15. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    I’m just not a believer of abusing our players tbh. I’ve come realise it’s a hobby for some which is fine - but yeah who do I chat sh*t about really?

    I’m not crazy about Willian, Soares and Xhaka but that’s about it.
  16. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    If players are crap then they should get called out on it, people abused Wenger for years but the players get cut a lot of slack which is annoying. Bum licking players is way worse tbh.
  17. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    Emery and now Arteta gets my backing - whether I would have picked them or not. I speak up when they catch flak unnecessarily also.

    My philosophy is different, it’s not Soares fault the club signed him or offered a 4 year contract for eg. It’s just not my style, but everybody is different.
  18. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    Well obviously it's not his fault, he's laughing all the way to the bank he'd be insane not to sign a new contract. It being a players 'fault' is never the point lmao.

    But yeah thank god you have all this sympathy for these millionaires, where would Arsenal be without it?
  19. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    You think a partner for Partey is an urgent need? Shouldn't we wait and see first, one of Xhaka or Ceballos could turn out to form a great partnership with Partey.
  20. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    I rate Xhaka as decent and rate Ceballos more highly. Neither is a player to unlock defences though and with our attack being so dysfunctional, we need more to be coming from the middle in terms of goals and assists.

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