Arsenal are on a great run, and Unai Emery deserves a lot of credit for turning things around. They lost a few big games earlier in the season, and though they’re far from perfect, Arsenal are clearly improving as a team. However, Emery can only do so much with the squad at his disposal.
Despite huge quality in the attack, there is no denying that Arsenal’s defence needs work. Between Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Beilein and others, it says a lot that none of Arsenal’s current crop of defenders would find a role at teams like Liverpool, Man City or Chelsea.
Improving this area of the field must be a priority for Arsenal, then, and perhaps looking at one of their rivals for inspiration could be the best course of action. Indeed, whilst Emery could look abroad, signing someone from the Premier League would require far less risk, and the’s one player at Chelsea that could be a perfect fit – Gary Cahill, who is rarely featuring at Stamford Bridge these days.
Now, fans will immediately look at Cahill and view him as a negative acquisition. He’s rarely garnered a strong reputation, and at 32-years-old, he certainly wouldn’t be a long-term solution. However, if you actually watch Cahill he play, it’s fair to say that he’s been severely underrated over the years.
After all, the Englishman has been a regular at Chelsea for several seasons, and he’s displayed many of the qualities that Arsenal lack. He’s a strong, robust defender, and standing at a whopping 6ft4, he’s a real menacing force in the air. Furthermore, he’s a natural leader, and Arsenal have lacked that over the years – with their defence struggling to impress.
Indeed, Cahill’s quality is best emphasised by looking at his trophy case. Indeed, Cahill has won more medals than most of the Arsenal squad combined, and that says a lot. Rarely has he played a bit-part role throughout these successes, too, given that he was a regular starter throughout title-winning Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League campaigns. You don’t become a regular for so long at the highest level during such a successful period without being a talented defender, make no mistake.
He’s lost his place at Chelsea, but that’s likely down to his lack of technical quality. Certainly, the Englishman isn’t the best with his feet, but he more than makes up for that with his aerial play, consistency and leadership – and that’s what Arsenal lack right now.
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