The Gunners let down before Liverpool

Posted by Sam Limbert

So transfer deadline day has passed and Arsenal signed no-one. On the face of it, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as there is no ruling to say you have to get involved in the merry-go-round madness of deadline day. However that’s only the case if you’ve done all of your business earlier during the window. Whilst we did do some good business earlier in the summer, I don’t think we did enough to justify not trying to get some players in before the 11pm deadline.

Arsene Wenger had better know something about the current squad that we don’t because at present, I think it looks lightweight. Alex Song hasn’t been replaced so we look light in the defensive midfield region. There is a big onus on Mikel Arteta to fill that role, with youngsters like Francis Coquelin now having a big role to play in the squad.

At the back, we’ve started the season well but I still think that area of the squad could have been improved as well. Should Carl Jenkinson get an injury before Bacary Sagna returns, we’re going to look daft losing points again without having a proper full back as we did last season.

Even though Arsenal signed two good strikers in the window, I think that was the area in which we urgently needed another new signing. Having initially thought we needed a defensive minded player more than anything else, our scoreless start to the season changed my mind. I’m confident that both Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski will eventually fire for Arsenal but if they don’t, who do we fall back on? If one of them gets injured, who do we have to call upon? Marouane Chamakh has two goals in 20 months and although his chances have been limited making it difficult to find form, we needed another forward in the squad that could have offered us a more reliable option up front when required.

We could reflect and moan about our lack of transfer activity for ages -- I think understandably a lot of Arsenal fans will do that -- but we now know the squad Arsene Wenger will have at his disposal for most of the season and so we have to get behind them, hoping for the best. I already fear that fans will be demanding signings in January because we’ll be struggling, but we have to focus on the football now and not worry about being linked with players until January.

This all starts with Liverpool on Sunday. The Reds have had an indifferent start to the season but are always dangerous at Anfield. Obviously we need to score; I think once we do find the net, it’ll spark a few more quick goals. Liverpool’s defending has been open enough in the last two games to suggest that we’ll get chances and the home side won’t sit back like Sunderland and Stoke have done in our first two games.

With his contract situation not resolved but some sort of arrangement sorted, I think Theo Walcott has a good chance of being back in the starting line-up. If Glen Johnson plays at left back again for the hosts, Walcott could be a good outlet for us to create chances for Giroud. I expect Abou Diaby will start again and if he does, he’ll need to look livelier than he has done at some times during the first two games. He often waits for the ball to reach him instead of going towards the play; such laziness will be punished at Anfield.

Defensively, we’ve been good this season and with Laurent Koscielny coming back into the squad, hopefully we’ll get stronger. Arsenal can win at Anfield (part of me feels that we have to) but I fear that if the game goes a long time without a goal, the team will become edgy and we’ll be at risk of losing.

If Arsenal does lose, more questions will be asked about Arsene Wenger’s quiet deadline day. However a timely win would relieve some of the pressure that seems to have grown on the manager in the wake of our unimproved squad.

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