The loyalty of Tomas Rosicky has never been a question. Signed from Dortmund in the summer of 2006, Rosicky has been one of Arsenal’s most shrewd signing of all time. Rosicky’s style of play is what represent’s Arsenal in a nutshell. Fearless, unselfish, quick, the little Mozart has given Arsenal many goals to remember. His goals against Sunderland, Hamburg and the brace against Liverpool is just Tomas Rosicky at his best. When everybody left, he stayed with the club. He was finally rewarded last season with the FA cup triumph.
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.
In my opinion, Mikel Arteta is probably one of the most underrated players not just at Arsenal but in the entire Premier League. Who would have imagined that this ‘panic buy’ that Arsene Wenger signed on transfer deadline day in summer 2011 for £10 million would have ever turned out not just to be an important player on the pitch for Arsenal but also off it.
The centre of midfield for OX?
Arsenal star and England International Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has told the media that although he wishes to play in his favoured midfield position, he is happy to play anywhere on the pitch to help out the team.
Chamberlain stated; “It’s not really for me to say (where I play) at this stage. I need to make sure, whether I’m asked to play in the middle or out wide, that I put in good performances and develop my game so I can be called up in different positions. I grew up as a more natural midfielder, so whenever I get the opportunity to come on in midfield I try to do so and I’m happy and excited to show that I’ve got some attributes in midfield.”
Most Arsenal fans think that both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are wingers as that is where they play every week in the current Arsenal formation, but Walcott himself doesn’t think that The Ox is a candidate to replace him in the team.
Walcott believes that they can both play together, but with Theo as a striker and Chamberlain as an attacking midfielder behind him.
Walcott said: “It’s always great to have competition. You want to play well, you want the team to play well and to have other players around keeps you on your toes.
When Wilshere returns to the Arsenal squad in the New Year, Arsene Wenger would have his work cut out in deciding which players should feature in the Arsenal midfield and how will the midfield back the offense and support the defence to the fullest. Ultimately, to win a football match, the midfield battle is extremely important. Having a strong midfield will also propel Arsenal’s push for titles way forward. Now, I will consider the best scenario with no injuries at all.