Arsenal, squad depth, and an overreaction 4

A topic that will likely dominate the day in football is Arsenal’s squad-depth, and there will be plenty of fans and critics urging Arsene Wenger to re-stock his squad in January.

Whilst I understand that as a reaction, I don’t agree with it - Arsenal’s depth may look inferior when placed next to Chelsea or Manchester City, but that’s always a false economy. Unless a club has unlimited resources, and can afford to make £20m transfer upon £30m transfer in every window it enters, then it cannot possibly compete with in pure ‘squad depth’ terms with those kind of clubs.

Think about the injuries Arsenal have already suffered this season, and think about where they currently are in the league table. Wenger has been without, in no particular order and for varying lengths of time, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Bacary Sagna, yet they are top of the league.

How can you make an argument that says that Arsenal aren’t in a position to cope with injuries and suspensions, when they have already been doing just that?

The side Wenger selected wasn’t strong enough to beat Chelsea last night, but deducing from that fixture alone that Arsenal lack the strength-in-depth to compete for the Premier League is a quantum leap - one really isn’t that relevant to the other.

Could they do with signing another forward in January? Yes, that in itself is not a justification for believing that the current squad is doomed to failure.

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