Despite being described as two players short of a title-challenging squad, it would be naive to suggest the Arsenal squad is not strong enough to compete when fully fit.
The truth is that for many seasons now, Arsene Wenger‘s side has fell victim to injuries; but this season there has been a large amount of long-term injuries to the first-team players. Whereas for many other sides, it is typically little knocks for a week or so when there are multiple absentees.
As Nicklas Bendtner replaced Olivier Giroud for Arsenal on Sunday, during their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, many stated that Arsenal’s squad was too weak and that it categorically has to be improved. But I disagree. I think they could do with another striker, but the squad is not weak and the numbers especially in that attacking area are decent.
Bare in mind that two of those missing through injury are Theo Walcott and Lukas Poldolski. Those two may be seen as wingers but we all know they can play through the middle. There is no doubting in my mind that when those two are back fit, Giroud can be rotated more in order to provide him with more rest — having started every League and European game this season.
Walcott was Arsenal’s top scorer last season with over 20 goals. Yes, you can benefit from another striker, but are you really going to say that having Walcott as an alternative striker is not a strong option?
Similar things can be said for Poldolski, who was considered a center forward but is played on left wing because he can excel there. He has done a fine job for Arsenal and Germany in the past and he again is a quality talent that will give Arsenal such a massive boost when they are back.
I don’t think there are many teams who could rotate their attacking and midfield options and be so confident that they are a good selection. Remember that Wenger also has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Carzola and Abou Diaby who will all return. Carzola is arguably the best player at the club; so to think that maybe Jack Wilshere will miss out on a place as a regular when he returns is a testament to the quality at Wenger’s disposal. The truth is that Arsenal has progressed far more than we expect this season; the average players from last season now look seriously good. They could always do with new additions, but I don’t think the situation is as desperate as some make it out to be.