Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that Arsene Wenger now has his best squad of players in terms of quality and team spirit since going the entire league campaign unbeaten, the Mirror reports.
Following the arrival of Petr Cech, the Gunners’ back five now appears increasingly more solid with plenty of strength in depth both in the middle and the fullback positions.
While there is arguably scope for added competition in midfield and upfront, defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin and striker Olivier Giroud are excellent at what they do and compliment the team perfectly in terms of balance.
It’s an exciting time to be a supporter of Arsenal, and speaking ahead of the new campaign, Parlour said that he hasn’t seen a better Arsenal squad since that 2003/4 season.
“It’s definitely the best squad since the Invincibles. They need to steer clear of injuries. Last season, if the injury list was a bit lighter at certain times then they would have been a lot closer,” Parlour explained, as quoted by The Mirror.
“At the moment, it’s the best I’ve seen in terms of team spirit for a long time. I think now, winning the two FA Cups, they believe they can go to the next level which, for me, is winning the league.”
Potential dilemma for Arsene Wenger
While having vast amount of quality across the board is what every manager aims for, it does leave the potential problem of keeping the entire squad happy which Wenger will now face.
Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud.
Assuming the above players is the club’s best XI, which is open for debate, then there are a number of key absentees such as Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
Not everyone can play, so Wenger will have to rotate accordingly but in the hope that too many changes on a game-to-game basis do not disrupt momentum and ensuing positive results.
The use of the cup competitions and Champions League football will be key to using the squad, and with such strength in depth there is no reason why the Gunners can’t realistically aim for a domestic treble.