At the end of last season we offloaded 5 experienced players
in Lehmann,Gilberto,Hleb,Flamini and Senderos. Added to this
we have been without Rosicky and Edouardo for at least the
first half of the season ie we lost 7 experienced players.
This follows the previous three years where we offloaded most
of our title winning players.
Wenger has argued that our youth policy will pay off in the
forseeable future notwithstanding that most so called experts
on game say that you win nothing with youth.
Looking at this season's performances it is clear that the team
lacks leadership,maturity and most importantly spine. There
are far too many 'lightweight skill players' in squad who
can play pretty football when are doing well, but lack backbone
when the chips are down.
If Wenger persists with this policy then Arsenal will win nothing.
It is time that he reverts back to basics.
Our priority in the January Transfer window must be an experienced holding midfield player.
Then in the summer we need to look urgently at our centre backs
and strike force.
1. Our current crop of CBs ie Gallas,Toure,Silvestre and Djourou
may be good footballers but are they top quality defenders
and more importantly complimentary to each other. Personally
I think not.
2. We have 5 forwards on our books who play international
football, but none is a clinical box finisher. More often
than not our team wastes opportunities, because there is
noone to 'finish' when it matters as for example teams like
Chelsea,Liverpool and Manchester United do.
In conclusion Wenger needs to work on our weaknesses rather than
rely habitually on youngsters who are often duplication of what
he has already on his books.