Considering Arsene Wenger is the longest serving EPL manager it is a disgrace that the squad is weaker than the others competing for the title.
Too many star players have been allowed to run their contracts down at the Emirates and no plan has been in place to replace them. It is a complete shambles at the top and unless they are able to get their acts together to sign genuine world-class players, it is going to be the European Cup and not the Champions League the fans will see the team playing in each season.
One of the biggest issues of the season has been in defence and at times it has been a shambles. The Gunners need two new commanding centre-backs that will give the team some leadership and reports are suggesting that Chris Smalling could be on his way to join during the summer transfer window. The bookmakers have slashed the odds on this transfer happening to 4/1. You can still find an available betting code for this wager at a large number of bookies if you fancy having a punt while you still can.
Arsenal did try to sign former United player Jonny Evans during the January transfer window but failed to agree on a deal. Smalling is an upgrade on Evans so it is lucky for the fans that the deal did not go through, although even Evans would have improved the leaky defense.
Smalling is available for around £25m which is good value for the England centre-back. Man United are looking to move on Smalling during the summer and are hoping that they can secure a deal for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld. The Spurs center backs contract negotiations have stalled and the Red Devils are looking to take advantage of the situation by offering a deal that the defender will find hard to turn down.
It is also rumored that Arsenal is interested in signing Phil Jones along with Smalling from United. If the Gunners can pull this double transfer off it could help solve their defensive crisis. The pair has formed a formidable partnership with the Red Devils and they know each other’s game perfectly. The United defense has only conceded 19 goals so far this season in the EPL and if they can take that forms with them to the Emirates, it will help strengthen the defense and give them a great chance of making the top four next campaign.
If Arsenal is going to bridge the gap between themselves and the other top five teams, they need to be a lot tighter at the back. The team has conceded 37 goals so far in the EPL which is one of the main reasons why they sit in sixth place. The Gunners will not only have to sign a new back line but they also need a defensive midfield player who can take control of matches. The Gunners defense has been exposed too many times due to the midfield leaving too many hole behind them. It doesn’t matter how good the center backs are if they do not have any midfield covers and unless this is also addressed at the same time, the problem will not go away.