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  1. Peter Arnold

    Here we go again. No new players despite all the talk of a £70 million plus transfer kitty.

    Having played semi-pro football and managed some very well run amateur clubs and any manager worth his salt knows that the strength of any team lies not with the first team players but on the strength of the reserve players for when injuries happen as they always do.

    AW has let most of the steady members of what was the squad go he is left with virtually no cover, other than young inexperienced players to cover for all the injuries. This is nothing short of rank bad management.

    The first team squad he has are mostly second rate players and most supporters can see this.

    I have been a loyal supporter of Arsenal for 58 years, since the age of 8 in fact. I speak to many other AFC supporters the majority of whom all feel the same as I do about the squad.

    Wojiciech Szczesny: Fair to average. Rated 5 out of 10
    Lukasz Fabianski: Fair to average. Rated 5 out of 10
    Per Mertesacker: Slow plodding defender past his best. Was a panic buy in 2012 well past his sell by date. Rated 4 out of 10
    Thomas Vermaelen: Was a good defender but needs to show he still can be when he recovers from injury. Rated 7 out of 10
    Laurent Koscielny: Consistently the best defender. Rated 8 out of 10
    Nacho Monreal: Jury is still out as limited playing time since brought. Rated 6 out of 10
    Kieran Gibbs: Needs to beef up but a consistent performer. Rated 7 out of 10
    Bacary Sagna: Consistent performer. Rated 7 out of 10
    Carl Jenkinson: From performances to date he is not good enough to be in the squad. Rated 3 out of 10
    Mikel Arteta: Another of AW’s panic buys in 2012 but has performed ok. Rated 6 out of 10
    Jack Wiltshire: One of the squads only real class players. Rated 9 out of 10
    Aaron Ramsey: Overrated by AW as he consistently gets caught in possession or gives bad passes too often. Rated 5 out of 10
    Abou Diaby: Far to injury prone should be sold to make room for another midfielder. Rated 5 out of 10
    Tomas Rosicky: The last few games he has played his best football since arriving at the club. Rated 7 out of 10
    Santi Cazorla: Not quite Cesc but a class player. Rated 9 out of 10
    Lukas Podolski: Consistent average performances: Rated 6 out of 10
    Ryo Miyaichi: Hard to assess as not had much playing time. Rated ??out of 10
    Theo Walcott: Far too lightweight and easily knocked of the ball. When he has the ball far too often shows the footballing brain of a flea. Rated 5 out of 10
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Needs more game time and will hopefully become a real class player. Rated 8 out of 10
    Olivier Giroud: Slow start when arrived but now settling down to being a consistent goal scorer. Rated 8 out of 10
    Yaya Sanogo: New signing for this season not yet been that involved. Rated ?? out of 10
    Chu-Young Park: Not had enough playing time to assess him. Rated ?? out of 10
    Nicklas Bendtner: Vastly overrated except by himself. Second rate player, as shown by the lack of interest from other clubs wanting to sign him. Rated 2 out of 10

    AW tells the supporters he is serious about bringing in some new players and then lets 2 of his targets get taken from under his nose by other more ambitious clubs.

    With AW consistently saying certain players are class why has he then not followed up his comments with bids. Arsenal need a class goalkeeper and AW claims he thinks Begovic is class so why has he not attempted to sign him?

    There are a few real class midfielders around the world, such as Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala but AW just sits and watches as Liverpool do the work to sign him.

    We have been reading all through this transfer window of transfers being hijacked by late bids and with some real class players going to other clubs, but again AW doesn’t attempt to bid on some of those player that he has said are quality players.

    The only serious bid, if £40,000,001 can be called serious, is for Luis Suarez. A quality player for sure but with a very suspect attitude and disciplinary record. Liverpool will not sell to Arsenal even for £50 million.

    I have a very bad feeling that with such a small first team squad and the injury list at present we will not make it through the Champions League qualifying match against Fenerbahce to the group stages.

    Will AW do the same as last season and wait until the last day of the transfer window and then panic buy players who are only average and not the quality needed for the team.

    Ex Arsenal Director Lady Bracewell-Smith has been reported as saying it is time to bring back David Dein, something I and many other loyal supporters totally agree with as the team has been in steady decline since he went.


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