Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has revealed where he thinks Arsenal will have the edge in the Premier League title race next season.
The Frenchman enjoyed a decent campaign in his second spell at the club and he feels that if Arsene Wenger can keep key players fit, that will give the Gunners more tactical options in big games.
“I hope Jack [Wilshere] and every single player will be fit for the whole season. It gives us more options and makes us stronger. When we have everyone fully fit, it gives much more opportunity for different [tactical] possibilities and makes it easier for the coach to manage the team. It’s a plus for everyone,” he said at Arsenal’s Puma kit launch.
Arsenal’s frequent injuries last season definitely gave Wenger problems and removed options which would have been beneficial to his side.
In key games, it was clear how much the Gunners missed the pace of Theo Walcott, with the side struggling in terms of attacking options when Olivier Giroud was carrying a problem.
One of the debated reasons for Arsenal’s fitness problems last season was the way Wenger trains the side, with more ball work over hard strength and conditioning exercises in the gym.
Flamini hits the nail on the head in terms of everyone being fit giving the boss different options.
With Theo Walcott set to return after the start of next season and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to be fit for the new campaign, Wenger won’t have to play central midfield players out of position down the flanks.
There is also still time for him to improve the back four to prevent a repeat of the scenario that saw Thomas Vermaelen, a centre-back, playing at left-back in key games last season.
Wenger is making sensible and forward thinking moves on the transfer front and with everyone fit, Arsenal could arguably be considered the favourites to win the league ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.