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By Mr H

Having read this article by stan collymore, I would like to view my opinion. First and foremost, well that does seem to be the case at the other three clubs, i would not go so far as to say it's the case for Arsenal. We may have lost that striker and Toure to Man city, but how much have we missed them? Toure aside, what did that other guy bring to us last season?

Collymore states the top four are more likely to get toppled this season than ever before. Whats he? A spurs fan?

Nonetheless, of the top four, especially after liverpools beach ball vacation, i would suggest Arsenal are the only group that has become more of a title threat rather than less of one.

The return of Rosicky and Eduardo as well as the purchase of TV 5 means we have a depth in squad missing from last season. Furthermore, players who had to step up prematurely to the first team due to unforeseen injuries (aren't they all unforeseen) have now gained invaluable experience on playin in the league, therefore fast trackin their development, players such as Denilson and Song for example. Diaby as well although he is still a player who divides opinion.

The point is this, the adversity of last season, and even perhaps of the season before, have shaped and hardened and most importantly, it has matured this young team. The look in the eye and the way the even hold themselves, this is quite clearly NOT a team who've taken a step backwards.

So while our rivals have lost players like Ronaldo and Alonso, ours just kept together an aging group of pensioners, we've continued in the right direction of youth development, and that conveyer belt of talent is startin to show signs of our inevitable and eventual predominance, not through unrealistic expenditure, but through vision and Wengers genius.

Keepin it VCC

Mr h

Mean Lean's Response

Even without the purchase of the fantastic Tommy Vermaelen our squad would have always improved from last season. That is the beauty of having a younger squad than most. While the likes of Chelsea will be in steady decline from now on (especially if that ban stands) we will continue to get better. Wenger has been a forward thinker and was putting the finishing touches of his youth project long ago when the 'invincables' where still in the building.

I look across the rest of the league and in October it is clear to me that not one other team really stands out above the rest. It could well change and Chelsea could go on a winning run which would install confidence or Manchester United's young players like Nani could make dramatic steps forward but I do not see that happening, at least not for the short term.

We know we have defensive issues right now, and I don't think it is anything to do with individual players. But apart from those defensive errors we clearly have the most exciting talented front line and creative midfield in this country.

I personally believe that we are in a better position than we were in 2007/2008. Once again only time will tell.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more