I don’t know why it’s getting to me, but I keep seeing these rumours of Christian Eriksen being pushed around, and it really isn’t a pleasant vibe.
There are a few reasons this move would feel a bit off. Firstly, he’s having a rough time in a slow league, working for a manager that demands a lot defensively. Secondly, he’d cost a small fortune. Thirdly, he seems like a very Ozil-ish player. I’m not sure defensive rigour was ever something you thought about with him. Fourthly, if that is a word, he’s a bear-trap of a player. He looks like Willian, Cech, Lichtsteiner, Gallas, and Silvestre all over again.
On paper, you’re like, ooohhh, that’s sexy, but it just feels like another one of those deals you’d have fancied 5 years ago, but not right now.
Still, if it happens, you’d have to say that his creativity could probably be additive to 7.5 hours without a goal in open play. I swear our best creative player this season is ‘defensive mistake.’
There are some clear issues Arsenal are dealing with at the moment. Creativity is certainly one of them. Having a midfield that can’t deal with a press is another. Players like Eriksen and Szobozlai would both help with that.
I also think a major issue Arteta needs to solve for is passing speed. We move the ball in such a painfully slow and mechanical way. During the Leeds game, we had players running with the ball and slowing the pace further. It’s a basic, but if you don’t have the players to thread a well-organised block, maybe you focus more energy on moving the ball up the pitch faster. Our wide players pick the ball up so deep, it’s no wonder they aren’t causing problems in the final third.
On paper, our players are much better than those at Leeds. They are blitzing teams with shots. I’m not saying we have to go that far, but we can’t be so far the other way we’re barely registering a shot on target.
We have Molde tomorrow, I’m not sure we’ll see anything too wild, though I would be happy if the manager decided to blood a few of the kids we have no idea about yet. The next-gen, as ever, looks more exciting than the generation struggling to break into the first team right now. Ayeez, ESR, Balo, and Cottrell all look like the sort of players we could use in the first team, but I guess it’s going to take a while to find out of that’s true.
Right, short post today because there’s not a lot of news going on. See you in the comments!