After spending heavily in the last summer transfer window, it was thought that Arsenal would have a squad with enough quality and quantity to compete for the Premier League championship. However, it seems that the Spanish strategist is in big trouble with problems he caused.
Arsenal’s goalkeeper position has been a topic of discussion since the summer, after the Emirates Stadium team decided to bring in David Raya from Brentford. Remember, Aaron Ramsdale has just had an impressive season, but the England international was suddenly pushed to the bench.
The problem is, after the first one or two matches showing solidity, goalkeeper David Raya began to feel the heat at Emirates Stadium. In recent confrontations with Manchester City, Lens, Chelsea or Newcastle United, he continuously made mistakes that cost Arsenal dearly. Competition is important to motivate both players, but it seems to be having a negative effect on the Gunners’ wooden frame.
In midfield, Arsenal added Kai Havertz but let Granit Xhaka leave even though that may be what the Spanish coach did not want. Thomas Partey’s absence due to injury resulted in Declan Rice having to carry the midfield alone in a situation where Jorginho or Mohamed Elneny almost only brought disappointment.
In the striker line, Arsenal has no additions to refresh the squad. When Gabriel Jesus was injured, they were forced to rely on a good and bad player like Eddie Nketiah and vice versa. Reiss Nelson cannot become a quality backup plan for Bukayo Saka.
Of course, no one can take into account the injuries that fell from the sky to Jurrien Timber or Thomas Partey, but it is clear that after a successful season, Mikel Arteta’s teachers and students are gradually showing regression. The fans want more, and they have reason to expect it.
While Arsenal’s current direct competitors such as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City or Liverpool have all improved thanks to new contracts, Mikel Arteta is struggling to solve the problem of rookiesnot to mention the obvious decline of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard or Gabriel Martinelli compared to themselves in the same period last year.
Arsenal as well as coach Mikel Arteta need to quickly find stability if they want to continue competing for the Premier League championship or, beyond that, the Champions League. These unnecessary problems were caused by himself and the Spanish strategist must resolve them before seeking support in the winter transfer window.
Huy Truong | 14:08 November 6, 2023