Our problems go deeper than our sketchy away form – and if we fail to see to them, then we could see next season scuppered before a ball is kicked.
Our mentality when we leave The Emirates and go to other grounds is rightfully causing alarm, but there is a bigger issue at hand.
Recent rotation by Unai Emery alerted us all to this problem lying on the horizon, and if not heeded, we could have next season hampered hugely.
It is our lack of resources in the centre of the park. Our first choice pairing is Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka, and even this has its limitations. Our Swiss midfielder is not exactly the best at tracking runners, and Lucas Torreira is still in slight transition, for every good game he has, there is another where he is less effective.
Torreira will get that level of consistency soon enough, but he needs a better partner if we are to challenge for honours. Not only that, we need another backup if we are to challenge on all fronts.
Matteo Guendouzi is a great find and will simply get better and better as experience seeps in, and is very much part of the near future of our squad. Three midfielders though, is far from well stocked. The transfer window needs additions, and a wide man is another that needs to be top of the shopping list.
It won’t be easy though. We need a player that acknowledges the need for rotation, and one that dovetails well with the obvious talents of Lucas Torreira. Granit Xhaka is far better than a lot of our fans give him credit for, but he has his weaknesses. Also, with his recent comments surrounding his future and a possible exit from Arsenal, seeking a better-suited replacement could and should be on the cards.
Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi will most likely be the mainstays of our midfield for the next few years. We need another two central men who can add other strengths to our team and above all, adapt quickly and are suited to the physicality that the Premier League is known for.
Two additions, plus a wideman and a central defender? We could be in business. Without them, we could have another season of struggle.