On their day, the current Arsenal setup can get to grips with just about anybody, but recently it hasn’t been going their way at all. Back to back defeats are just unacceptable for a club who aspire to challenge for the title each and every season.
An away defeat to on-fire Chelsea is nothing to be ashamed of, but the standard of defending on show by The Gunners was, and ultimately let them down after an otherwise daring and positive performance against the champions. Defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion is (with all due respect) shameful for a once invincible Arsenal.
So what is it that stops Arsenal from achieving their utmost? Perhaps it’s time for some new blood all across the park? Three more names have since emerged as candidates for the red and white shirt
20-year old French youth-level international captain Mamadou Sakho appears to be just the ticket for Arsenal’s ailing defence. He has a reputation as a good tackler with a strong sense of leadership for such a young player.
Obviously he isn’t half bad – some French media outlets have described him as the next “Lilian Thuram”. Currently with Paris Saint-Germain, Sakho can play at both centre-back and left, and has made 71 appearances and scoring two goals in his three years at the club.
Sakho has also built a reputation for being boisterous and subversive – will Professor Wenger put up with his exuberance if a move is completed?
At 23, Matuidi is a bit old for a Wenger target, but is nonetheless apparently on the new-year shopping list. The Saint-Etienne man is most comfortable in a defensive-midfield position, with ability as a playmaker from that position.
He often demonstrates an uncompromising style of play, and although only one international appearance has been made to date, Matuidi is a domestic ever-present and captains an improving Saint Etienne team.
With a deep-lying playmaker, Arsenal may yet regain the ability to surprise opposition on the break while staying defensively secure – Matuidi could be the man they need.
With Nicklas Bendtner rumoured to be leaving Arsenal in the new year, another striker will apparently be needed to compensate for this “loss”.
Currently, the 20-year old Ivorian is in the sights of Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, but with Arsenal presently being less of a proverbial “deep-end” for Premiership newcomers, there may be a chance that Wenger could snatch him from under Liverpool’s noses.
Having began his career at Stade D’ Abidjan in 2007, Traore moved to Romanian club CFR Cluj the following year, and has proved his mettle there with 10 goals in 32 appearances to date.
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