With the season end nearly upon us, we here at Arsenal Central decide to weigh up two recent Arsenals squads. With our new manager firmly making a stamp on the squad since he’s came in way back at the start of the season, both the first team and reserves have been freshened up. We look closely in this article and compare the squads before Michael Bowes came in, compared to the one which currently takes the field at the Emirates. First up is the starting line ups:
With both sides Petr Cech is in goal, a reliable, experienced keeper and one of the words best. The current full backs of Bellerin & Moreno lack experience but have bags of energy and pace compared to the more stable but aged Monreal & Debuchy. The central of the defence has improved with the arrival of Benatia who replaced the German Mertesacker to partner Koscielny. Moving just in front of the defence is new pairing Alonso and Perez, both more defensively minded than the old pairing of Fernando and Wilshere, when fit Wilshere would had been a vocal point of this team for sure but with lack of minutes we feel Bowes made the right choice in brining in the experience of the new defensive midfielders. Moving to the 3 attackers behind the lone striker, it certainly has taken a hit in talent to improve the rest of the team with Sanchez, Ozil and Santi Cazorla providing a dangerous attacking threat, but Bale, Barkley & Willian is sure to have defences scratching their heads on how to handle them. This lands us to our lone striker, the man whos job it is to score the goals, that job is in the hands of Oliver Giroud. A vocal point with his height or the option to keep it on the floor and lay it off to the pace on the wings is something which fits Bowes’s system perfect!
The first team being talked about now leads us on to the squad players who are pushing the team mates for a starting role:
Big pressure is on Cechs shoulders now with Szczesny departing as he’s now the only recognisable goalkeeper. With the arrivals of Barta and Jones this allows Chambers to move over to his more comfortable role at right back. Talented Luke Shaw made the switch from Manchester United to complete a near English back line. With the defensive duo of Flamini and Coquelin leaving at the start of Bowes’s era, Eric Dier was brought in shortly over to provide that defensive cover with Roberto Soriano arriving rather recent with some fans not knowing too much about him. Young prodigy Max Meyer leads the midfield line in between the experience of Nasri and dos Santos, the loss of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a big one to take for the fans with so much hype around him but the deal was right for the long term future for our precious club. The ever reliable and hard working Danny Welbeck was replaced by another English man in Saido Berahino with us here at Arsenal Central not overly sure this man has what it takes to succeed on his own.
With the future looking bright and with so many young lads who have huge amount of potential, we feel Michael Bowes is the right man for this club. The style of football played by our leader is something which we hope can be replicated week in week out. One thing is for sure:
Arsenal never dies.