As it stands, the big two questions are whether Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere sign new deals. Jack Wilshere wants a new deal but is yet to be offered exactly what he wants. However the word is that the club want him to stay and are just thrashing out the details with his representatives. After all, whats left without Mr Arsenal himself? Mesut Ozil on the other hand, his situation is far different…the club need to deliver on promises of new players in order to convince him to sign on the dotted line (as well as a hefty payrise).
However, should his demands be met by the club, and by this I mean desire, ambition and investment, Arsenal should use it as a catalyst for change and an opportunity to rebuild completely. Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere should form the basis of a new revolution – give these two all they need to deliver. Signings, tactics and fluidity first and foremost.
In the short term, today’s squad is not fully equipped to supply #10 and #11 everything they need so the best we can offer is:
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Pace upfront for long through-balls, late running in Ramsey, pace in wide areas to feed, and finishing talent in Lacazette – the absolute minimum #10 and #11 need to carry our club forward.
If recent rumours are to be believed, Malcom, Pavon, Lemar, Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang could all be additions to this line up and ultimately give Ozil and Wilshere more of what they crave. Malcom a direct and pacey dribbler, Pavon a raw continental forward, Lemar an orthodox wide playmaker, Mhikitaryan a direct and creative winger and Aubameyang an out-and-out goal machine, would all supply added ingredients and more importantly, options to a currently 2-dimensional squad. Manchester City have at least 4 or 5 ways they can set up and play, and as options to move to in-game when a change is needed – we don’t. In order to get to this level and compete with City, Arsenal need multiple options, game changing options that ultimately play the way of #10 and #11.
With current targets and rumours in mind, Arsenal could start with:
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The lightning pace in that front three with Mesut conducting from attacking midfield, and Jack one deeper, Ramsey still has the room to arrive with those late runs, and ultimately we have more flare, creativity and finishing in the starting XI. The bench would be blessed with flair and genuine game changing options, the same as City have week in, week out. Two good players per position is the minimum required to win the Premier League these days, and in looking at the current defence, the club may also require another experienced centre back for a sustained push. With all the attacking flair listed above (as well as other names like Pavon being linked), the defence would need a more conservative approach – what the NHL call a stay-at-home defenceman. Johnny Evans would be a great acquisition that would again provide the manager with solid options. Its a long season, and to win, a big and multi-dimensional squad is required.
At the bare minimum this January, Arsenal should sure up new contracts with #10 and #11, give Sanchez the boot, cash in on Walcott, sign Aubangymang and/or Mhikitaryan, and sign Malcom – Arsenal fans can continue to dream over moves for Lemar, Draxler and alike for a little while longer. Prices may be high but this is the current climate and in order to really compete the club need to invest, and invest big. Build around the dynamic duo of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, groom #10 for next season’s captaincy, free up Ramsey even more, and ultimately give #11 the forward pace he needs. Renew fans’ optimism with a better, more competitive squad and actually challenge for silverware over a sustained period. The only way to achieve this is with a fresh start; an Ozil-Wilshere revolution.