This part of the review is hard…as we have covered quite some ground in the Bad part…But here is an attempt:
- Finishing many games without 11 players on the pitch. Our lack of discipline cost us points for sure.
- Recurring injuries to Tomy, Tierney and Partey – all three players were definite starters last season and have been injured regularly…They were missed…
- Pepe’s season has been abysmal – he is just a shadow of his best self, which we saw in Lille or even in the AFCON and apparently in training. Time to let go of our most expensive recruit to date?
- Auba’s end of AFC story. Auba has been one of our most reliable players since he joined us. He was amongst the Top 5 strikers in the league since joining us. He was an integral part of our FA Cup success and he also was our captain for a while. Arteta and him had a fall out and the club decided to let him go. He has excelled since at Barcelona and we will never know if he would have scored goals that would have helped us reach Top 4 in the second half of the season. Sad way to leave for a player that scored 70 goals and provided 16 assists in the EPL for us.
Must be a few other ugly points to mention but can’t think of more right now…
COYG! We need to start bringing some players in now…Aston Villa and other clubs are already adding on to their squad.