For me Arsenal's strongest matchday squad matches Manchester United and Chelsea's. It may even be better than those mentioned.
The big problem lies when we suffer injuries and suspensions to those player's. The squad then become's thin and although it is full of quality it becomes hard to compete as we can't rotate to keep players fresh like United and Chelsea can.
We have a good core in this squad, keep it together and add a few more player's and we will be a major force.
The question is where do we add to the squad? What position's need to be strengthed to make Arsenal last the pace?
I think we need to strengthen in the following areas:
Almunia has done well this season but even now I would still prefer Lehmann to be number one. With no disrepect to Almunia, Manchester United and Chelsea's goalkeeping number two's maybe better than him.
With Lehmann certain to leave we need more cover or a new number one.
We could do with signing a wide-midfield player on the right who hugs the line and can score goals. With Vela coming back in the summer I think we are covered for the left hand side.
Eboue has been handed the job of playing on the right recently and has shown that he isn't really up to the job there. For me he is good back-up for Sagna at right back.
Earlier in the season we looked top heavy with centre midfield players.
The truth is that after selling Diarra we have been forced to rely on just two in Cesc and Flamini. They have been run into the ground and need a rest.
Gilberto's powers have waned despite a good game yesterday. His future looks uncertain and in any case I think he needs to be replaced.
Without doubt a position that needs to be added too. With a long term injury to Eduardo and the injury-prone Van Persie, Arsenal have looked thread-bare upfront.
Adebayor has his doubters but without him where would Arsenal be this season?
He needs help with the goal's and I dont doubt had Eduardo not suffered that horrific injury and Van Persie wasn't made of glass then Arsenal would be faring better.
So thats my assessment on where Arsenal need to strengthen. We all think we're manager's and think we know what needs to be done!
You may or may not agree with me on this. But I'd love to hear where you think we need to strengthen.
Keep it Goonerish.....