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Arsenal’s squad much weaker than Chelsea’s

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may need to strengthen his squad if the Gunners are going to claim the Premier League crown this season

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may need to strengthen his squad if the Gunners are going to claim the Premier League crown this season

Chelsea dumped Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup last night, beating the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Both teams made changes to their starting line-ups as expected, but both still put out relatively competitive teams.

Squad

The difference was that Chelsea were able to call on a string of international players and Arsenal were left with under performers.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger brought in the likes of Ryo Miyaichi and Nicklas Bendtner, in contrast to the Blues bringing in Samuel Eto’o and Juan Mata.

The Chelsea replacements say it all about the two side’s squads. Chelsea now have a squad of players capable of coming in and doing a job in every competition. In the Premier League the likes of Mata and David Luiz seem to be struggling to get in the team.

However, they are not bad players to have in reserve for games like last nights. Also the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Willian came into a Chelsea team that never really looked like losing last night’s match.

Known

The fact that Arsenal’s squad is a bit light on the ground in most positions except midfield is a well-known fact. Gunners fans were calling for an influx of new players in the summer, but in the end Arsene Wenger’s men end-up with just two players.

Granted those two players Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini have had a big influence on the teams performances this season, but that does not change the fact that the Gunners are light in certain other areas.

Embarrassing

Chelsea stalwart Ray Wilkins last night claimed that the difference between the two teams was ‘embarrassing’. I certainly would not go that far, but it does seem like there is a vast differences in the two teams squads.

Difference

With both teams currently looking like Premier League title contenders, the difference between success and failure at the end of the season could be squad rotation. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has the luxury of expensive players in reserve, whereas Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger does not.

Example

Everybody knows where Arsenal need to strength and that is up front. Arsene Wenger tried in vain to rectify his striker’s crisis in the summer and failed with bids for a number of high-profile players, including Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.

The veteran French boss was left with just Oliver Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner as his senior striking options and youngsters Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom as backup. Bendtner was out of favour and nearly left the Gunners in the summer.

With Bendtner out of favour, that left Giroud as the only in-favour senior striker left at the club. The Frenchman has made a very bright start to the season, but the former- Montpellier striker cannot be expected to be able to play every game in every competition.

Wenger decided to rest Giroud last night and give Bendtner his chance as the lone frontman. The Danish striker looked well off the pace of the game and was eventually replaced in the second half by Giroud.

No doubt Arsene Wenger will look at adding to his firepower in the January transfer window, as he needs an alternative attacking option to Giroud. However, for now Arsenal continue to win games and score goals in the Premier League.

Strengthen

If Arsenal are going to maintain their challenge for the Premier League title and Champions League then the Gunners need to strengthen their squad. That means Arsene Wenger dipping into the transfer market in January.

The Gunners seem to be overstocked in the attacking midfield area, but at least that gives Wenger options. The Arsenal boss may look at finding backup for defensive midfielder Flamini though, as the Frenchman is likely to pick up knocks and injuries because of the position he plays and his combative style of play.

Contenders

When everybody is fit and healthy Arsenal are a match for anybody in Europe. The Gunners are certainly contenders for the Premier League title. However, their lack of strength in-depth could cost the north London team come the end of the season.

Does Arsenal have enough strength in-depth to threat on all fronts?

Wed 30 October, 2013
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3 Comments:

  1. William says:

    Agree with the assessment of the squad strength.The errors in defence are nothing new.
    If these blunders are not corrected,Sturridge and Suarez could have a field day.
    The second goal was similar to the one concede to Dortmund.
    Wenger better beware of the opposition’s fast breakaway

  2. Ryan says:

    Game was destined to be 0-0 if not for jenks. What happened in extra time is anyone’s guess. Second goal came from arsenal pushing more numbers up and a lucky deflection off back of Willians head, go ahead look it up.@ (terrific shot mata btw) bottom line, Chelsea lined up with 11 class professionals, arsenal lined up with 10 plus jenks and he got f***in murdered out there. Guy can even properly clear a routine ball anywhere in the air. Hats off to Chelsea, but judge depth when Podolski, Walcott, Gnarby, Chamberlin, Flamini, and Arteta can all be considered for 1 of the starting 11. Who is Chelsea missing of similar importance?

  3. David Nugent says:

    Most of the players you mentioned Ryan are midfielders, mostly attacking midfielders or wingers. I was not questioning the Gunners depth in midfield. That is the strongest area of the team. However, I think it is fair to say that in other areas the Blues have stronger options.

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