We now have the squad, but do we have the team?
FOR the first time in what feels like a long time, it feels like come the end of the August transfer window, we genuinely have a full squad.
By my count we’ve two international keepers, two good left-backs, two good right-backs, five bona-fide centre-backs, two right-wingers, various midfielders, an assortment of what the old Championship manager would have called attacking midfielder/forward left/centre and at least one out and out striker.
Numerically, I can’t really argue.
Personally, I can’t understand why on earth we’ve let a player of Wilshere’s calibre go out on loan for year with no break clause, not least because we’ve needed to call on him in two out of this season’s three games. But I’m not going to argue that numerically it has left us short. Shorn of a potentially outstanding player maybe, but not short overall.
What I’m less clear about is what on earth our first choice team is. I feel pretty certain of Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Ozil and I think Sanchez and I guess Xhaka. But after that, I’ve frankly no idea.
I think it matters. Granted, injuries will crop up and force changes of personnel. But to win the league, you need a first team.