With Robin van Persie set to leave for one of Juventus, Manchester United or Manchester City in the not-to-distant future Arsene Wenger must be working overdrive to find the solution to cover our best player and most important goalscorer.
Indeed, Le Professeur has openly admitted that he is unsure of how he will accommodate the club’s two newest signings, experienced German striker Lukas Podolski and powerful Frenchman Olivier Giroud, into the team. There has been talk of a return to 4-4-2 with Giroud and Marouane Chamakh rotating as the target man and Podolski, Gervinho et al providing support from a classic support striker role.
Throw in the potential of integrating the superbly-gifted Santi Cazorla into the mix and Arsenal’s attack has a thrilling air of unpredictability around it going into the new season.
Unpredictability has always been and will always be a critical facet of the attacking side of football because it creates chaos for the opponent. In more modern times where statistics are analysed and video footage is scrutinised it has arguably become even more valuable. How can one plan to defend if they don’t know how they will be attacked?
There is a rising feeling that the van Persie affair — which is not something new or uncommon for Arsenal to deal with, even if it is unpleasant — has overshadowed the fact that in the areas that really matter, the core defensive and midfield positions that titles are won and lost in, Arsenal are remarkably settled.
Tomas Vermaelen will step into the captaincy role that he appeared born for, supported by a group of defensive players that know and understand each other well. Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos have both had a year to settle, Laurent Koscielny had a superb season and Wojciech Szczesny has provided a solution to our never-ending goalkeeper problems. The defence might not be perfect but lack of communication or experience will not feature as excuses this season.
While there is an unpredictable feel to our attack — a good thing anyway, in my opinion — it is balanced by a familiar, reassuring defensive unit that should make for more fun and hopefully, a little more success.сондажигеоложки проучвания