Arsenal have quality players in all areas on the pitch however when it comes to considering where the majority of our talent lies, there is no doubt that the club’s main strength is in midfield.
Arsenal have three good goalkeepers within the squad, with Szczesny being the best by some distance, whilst in defence we have majorly improved with both Mertesacker and Koscielny working incredibly hard on their game. Not forgetting we have Sagna and Gibbs on the defensive flanks, Arsenal’s defence is looking strong, however not as a strong as the midfield which is absolutely overflowing with talent.
Arteta spoke earlier to Sky Sports regarding the club’s midfield talent and he made some very good points: “It helps the team because we can rotate players and we can play differently, we can play with two [in midfield] and it gives us another option. No-one has been able to play every game this season. I think the league is getting more demanding, you need a big squad, you can’t afford to have only 11 players.”
I found it funny in January to see that the majority of players we were being linked with in the window were in fact midfielders because surely we don’t need any more in that position. Arteta mentioned that you cannot afford to have just eleven players in today’s high intensity footballing calendar; however Arsenal could in fact make their own starting eleven out of quality midfielders alone.
The list seems almost endless but with such quality players including Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky, Arteta, Flamini, Podolski, Chamberlain and Walcott, just being the majority, it seems difficult to see how there would be room for a Draxler figure in the dressing room. But with all this talent on the books, it’s obvious how we are far better in terms of creativity and attack.
Arsenal do have a big squad, and the key figure is that it is filled with a mixture of experience and youth now, instead of the primarily youth it was filled with when we had the likes of Fabregas, Song and Nasri, backed up by the growing Ramsey and Wilshere. The midfield talent alone could win any game, through the control of the ball and the creativity the majority of those players hold, however the strength in depth should hopefully see a chance for rotation in the final stage of the season; as well as a chance for change if our options aren’t working out.