As if we didn’t know it before kick off at St Mary’s, Arsenal need to do something big in the January transfer window. The 2-0 loss only confirmed what the majority of football fans knew all along, but the severity of the issues in north London appears worse than expected.
Arsene Wenger is rumoured to have around £20m to spend needs at least three players, and here are three problems we thing need addressing…
Although not directly at fault for Tadic’s goal, Arsenal’s centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker didn’t help matters. Even an ounce of organisation at the back may have prevented the Saints from wandering through the Gunners’ backline, which happened alarmingly regularly for Wenger’s side. A new commanding defender may repair the issue…
Arsenal need to buy defender(s).. I don’t mean cheap once. Already made top class defenders
— Softsaint (@Softsaint) January 1, 2015
Arsenal need to get a grip and a defender / defensive midfielder….
— Garry Milzon… (@Milzo81) January 1, 2015
— alex (@Alex_Dips) January 1, 2015
What was Wojciech Szczesny doing? The ‘Mane incident’ occurred during the first-half, but nobody is any the wiser now the final whistle has gone. The Pole has talked up his maturity and command of the area recently, but he was all over the place as the Saints man opened the scoring. I truth, nine and a half times out of ten the ball wouldn’t have gone in from such an angle, but the fact that it did has raised major questions.
My patience with Szczesny has run out. Time to replace him.
— Jamie (@Jamie_R89) January 1, 2015
Don’t even have an option to replace Szczesny seen as we injured Ospina permanently.
— Tom (@Tomthegunner) January 1, 2015
Buy Simone Scuffet now and start grooming him to replace Szczesny in the next 2 seasons.
— Chiso (@Chiso__) January 1, 2015
With Olivier Giroud out due to suspension, Danny Welbeck injured and Yaya Sanogo, well… useless, Alexis Sanchez was forced to lead the line again. Although a top player, the Chilean hasn’t quite got the presence to trouble two big centre-backs, and struggled in the role. A top class front-man may have got into the right positions and been able to build some Arsenal attacks.
We can’t score!!!!! It’s January … Buy a decent striker … Not a mid fielder @Arsenal
— männi sämrä (@princessmanni) January 1, 2015
Problem with Sanchez playing as a striker? Arsenal depend on him to create so much, when he eh drop deep…they’re clueless
— Lauric Etienne (@SirPipesAlott) January 1, 2015
This Arsenal side desperately needs a target man/striker and more midfield options…Nothing will help that backline. Best 4 we have….
— Vaughan Stevens (@VagnerrLove) January 1, 2015