It’s back. The cannon is back, loud and proud on the new kit Adidas have produced. It’s a shade of yellow but not quite the same as Bertie Mee’s Arsenal players wore back in 1970-71 when they won the double. That season’s FA Cup Final will always remembered for Big Charlie’s goal celebration. The cannon on the new kit is set facing in the opposite direction to the one back in ‘71 but nevertheless, it’s great to see it back and on yellow.
The Arsenal women will wear the new kit in tomorrow’s FA Cup fixture and the the men will follow suit next Wednesday when we go to Crystal Palace. One player who won’t be wearing the iconic kit during the next campaign is David Luiz after yesterday it was reported by Sky Sports that he’s leaving at the end of the season. In other words, next Sunday.
Honestly, I thought Arsenal would give Luiz another year because of his experience and the decision being an easy option but it’s good they haven’t. Saliba should be back at the club this summer so the process of replacing Luiz is easy. I don’t think Arsenal need another central defender, not with only domestic football on the cards. Saliba, Holding, Gabriel and Mari should be enough. The full back situation is totally different though. Ryan Bertrand’s name has on NN again as he’s available this summer for free. Max Aarons is another name doing the rounds. He’s English, can play left back as well as right back and at just 21 years old, fits the profile in my opinion. Whether newly promoted Norwich City will sell him is a different matter but every player has his price I think.
Bertrand and Aarons is two of five players Arsenal are looking at according to The Mail, the other three being Yves Bissouma, Sander Berge and Josh Doig.
As the next few weeks and months pass, the internet will be awash of stories linking players to Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has openly said that he expects the owners/board to support the changes needed at Arsenal. Basically, he’s telling them to back him and they have to in my opinion, otherwise what’s the point in him being given the job in the first place? It’s human nature to dissect a performance after a game and just because you/I might be critical it doesn’t necessarily mean the board should sack Mikel Arteta after the referee has blown his whistle to end the game. Unai Emery went on something like a 22 match unbeaten run during his first season but the football was pretty unspectacular. Back then Arsenal were scoring more goals and they needed to because as far as defending goes, the team were all at sea and conceding goals for fun. Arsenal aren’t doing that now so there’s improvement.
I think Mikel Arteta’s problem to solve is how the team goes from defence to attack. Transition I believe it’s called. That’s where better, or rather different players added to the squad this summer will help enormously I think. More power, more pace and certainly more clinical in front of goal. Of course though, that doesn’t automatically mean Arsenal will have to buy lots of players because the academy might very well solve one or two problems. We know Balogun is a strong player, pretty quick too and Azeez has fancy footwork although neither have been tested in the Premier League yet.
Weird as it might sound, I’m quite looking forward to seeing what Edu, Arteta and co get up to this summer…
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