After tuning in to Sky Sports to watch Arsenal play their opener against Liverpool with yet another transfer window set to close without a signing of a top striker…depending if you count Takuma Asano…the youngster who Arsenal fans definitely weren’t expecting. Arsenal were immediately set with concerns when Mertesacker and Koscielny were ruled out as well as Ozil, leaving Callum Chambers and new signing: Rob Holding at the back.
Holding was average at best with the concept of a future at Arsenal needing experience that would come with time, although the goals weren’t necessarily the future prospects fault.
A 4-3 win for Liverpool was displayed because of a fantastic display by Coutinho who will be finding himself in plenty of fantasy football teams following two goals including another free-kick and an assist followed by the ex-Southampton signing of Mane to skillfully dribble it past Monreal and fly one into the far left of the net.
Arsenal were 4-1 down, only to be placed back in to the game by Chamberlain coming onto the pitch and netting early, soon to be followed by Chambers glancing a free-kick past Mignolet. It was still not enough.
The signing of Xhaka paid no dividend when he came on for his Premier League debut only to make a number of fouls and a yellow card. Ramsey and Iwobi both went off injured to add more concern to the Arsenal squad ahead of a season looking out of their depth.
For me, the possibility of signing Valencia defender Mustafi is necessary along with a striker unless Giroud can bring a 20 goal season for the gunners. Xhaka and Coquelin would fit nicely in midfield with game time for the hot-headed two with Chamberlain, Ozil and Sanchez ahead with Giroud. Walcott is no-where near what he should be and the strong potential has lessoned each year.
It’s not looking good for Arsene and his team.