After the International Break possibly the Arsenal Bench?
18 Goals in 44 appearances for Arsenal only 33 of which he started – better than 1 in 3
11 assists in 44 – an assist every 4 games
3rd most capped and 4th highest scoring German International of all time with 46 goals in 111 games.
Undoubtedly the most lethal finisher at the Arsenal.
Arsenal’s Mr. Consistent and Vice Captain
84 Arsenal appearances in his first 2 seasons from a man who many called a ‘sicknote’ who could not play at op level
Arguably the best Spanish midfielder of his generation, not to be capped by his country.
Czech International captain who, in spite of numerous injuries has 93 caps and 21 goals for his country
The senior statesman of the Arsenal midfield at 33, but still with the energy of a teenager when fit.
The team has a buzz, moves the ball quicker and are often lifted by his presence
A perfect substitute ‘Little Mozart’ can play anywhere in the midfield, or wide.
Arsenal’s Club captain who has lost his staring berth due to the form of Per and Kos but is still an established Belgian International with 43 caps to his name.
Able to fill in at centre back or at left back he gets the nod on my bench over Monreal for that reason
An eye for goal in addition to being a more than capable 3rd choice centre back.
One of the most naturally gifted English players in years but after long-term injury problems not quite back to his best yet in 2013.
A regular when fit for England however which demonstrates the strength at the Arsenal.
Don’t bet against Jack being an Arsenal legend for years when he regains the consistency and finds his goal touch and passing range. He is joy to watch when running with the ball, reminiscent of Paul Gascoigne.
A live long Gooner who grow up watching the early Wenger sides, Carl has to pinch himself daily. A more than capable understudy and medium successor to Sagna at right full back.
We must remind oursleves that Carl is still only 21 and has 40 matches at the top level for Arsenal already and one cap for England last season.
His enthusiasm, incredible fitness, back to front running and crossing ability are all attributes of note.
The Italian just gets the nod over Fabianski as he has 22 top flight games in Serie A for Fiorentina last season and has 6 full international caps for Italy.
One must assume he was brought into to provide top level competition for our No.1 and give the chance he will look to take it.
Just in case you are still questioning our depth shall we consider who has not made our bench……..?
Similarly to Jack Ox has so much talent it is scary. Able to play centrally or on the wing, his ability to try the unexpected and his fleet of foot and dribbling make him a perfect game changer from the bench.
Level headed despite greater success at England international level than at club level. He has as many goals for his country with 3 in 13 appearances as he has in the league for Arsenal. Yet another example of the amazing midfield options we have at Arsenal .
A young man who lost his way at Arsenal partly through his own arrogance and partly through frustration at being played out wide. After 2 season on loan the Danish International is back trying to put his off field issues behind him and rebuild a career both at club and international level.
Dislike the man but don’t ignore the facts and his talent.
By my reckoning he has 43 Arsenal goals in 161 appearances only 73 of which he has started which is impressive by any standards, Add to this he has a 0.4% ratio for Denmark with 22 in 55 caps several of which were at major finals.
Arriving in North London as Spain’s second choice left back and probably having never heard of Kieran Gibbs he now probably wishes he still have never heard of Kieran Gibbs.
Monreal is capable attacking left back and an upgrade on Santos with 14 full caps for his country but it hard to see him adding to his caps with defensive frailties and the form of Gibbs.
Poor Abou who is on his day a world beater with every attribute required to be a top flight box to box midfielder playing regularly for any club and for France.
Lurching from one injury to another it is hard to see where he fits in the new Arsenal but at his best and fit he would challenge of course.
I think we have all seen enough to know that this German Youth international of Ivorian parentage has the world at his feet but that is in 2 year and not now.
After the Capitol One Cup a good loan will be ideal.
STILL THINK WE HAVE NO DEPTH??
I guess when all fit you can al deduce my starting 11 – Shez, Bac, Per, Kos, Gibbo, Flame, Rambo, Theo, Ozil, Caz, OG
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