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A number of Arsenal supporters and media pundits seem to think that we have one of the smallest squads in the Premiership. In regards to the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool, they feel we are severely lacking strength in depth compared to our title challengers. I strongly disagree with this fact.
I feel that our squad is already of a high volume; however it is filled with some of the most frightening young talent I have seen for a very, very long time in regards to experienced pros. Given the choice, I’d rather have a big squad full of exciting youngsters than seasoned professionals. This is because the youngsters would be more patient in waiting for their chances in regards to the likes of Chelski for example who have players like Ballack, Ferreira, Pizarro, Shevchenko, Alex and Ivanovic, experienced internationals sitting on the bench, whilst picking up astronomical wages.
Look at some of the young talent that was on show at the Emirates Cup, Wilshire, Merida, Traore, Djourou, Denilson, Song, Fabregas, Watt, Ramsey, Bendtner and Clichy. All of them put in efficient performances against senior opposition of the likes of Atletico Madrid and Rangers. Their off the ball movement and interchanging of positions was an absolute joy to watch. I was in a complete daze. If I was in a trance watching these marvellous talents on show, what must the opposition teams have been thinking? The scary thing is, the likes of Fabianski, Nasri, Gibbs, Vela, Vermaelen, Walcott, and Diaby weren’t even on show due to injuries and their late returns to pre season training. It just goes to show the depth of our squad when the likes of the aforementioned players were unavailable to participate in the Emirates Cup.
Its performances like the ones displayed in the Emirates Cup, which makes me fully understand why Wenger won’t go rushing into the transfer market. In theory, a first team squad should consist of 3 goalkeepers, 8-9 defenders, 8-9 midfielders and 5 forwards. We certainly have this quota (if more) with the added bonus of many of our players being able to play in a variety of positions.
The defensive side of the squad has to be strengthened again before the season kicks off IMO. We still look very shaky when it comes to defending set-pieces. Hopefully Thomas Vermaelen will help to improve some of the team's deficiencies in this area, when he returns from injury. If Vieira were to be bought in to play in defensive midfield, I personally think he would improve the games of Denilson and Song and provide the squad with aggression, vital knowledge and a winning mentality
Is our squad too small to compete in all four major competitions in the 2009/10 season? It’s a resounding NO from me.
Are you in agreement with me? I look forward to reading your feedbacks in the comments section