Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"We are just short of having a great Champions League squad." - Matthew Wittyngham

Interview with Mr. Matthew Wittyngham, Sports Editor for The Miami Desk
Mr. Wittyngham is from Pembroke Pines, USA
Find him on Twitter: @MattWittyngham 

Q. Looking at the current Arsenal squad, how would you rate the players on bench and our reserves? If a situation arises where we have Szczesny and Robin van Persie injured, what would be your starting XI?

     "When healthy, our bench/reserves aren't too bad. Most of them are injury prone, which is a problem. Fabianski, our reserve keeper, is extremely error prone. If Van Persie were to be injured, I'd want a 442 with Chamakh and Walcott as our strikers. Walcott could easily run behind the defense with Chamakh holding up play. The Starting XI would be: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen (c), Gibbs, Rosicky, Arteta, Song, Gervinho, Walcott, Chamakh."

Q. In the same context, do you think our squad has the right balance? Do you think the current Arsenal squad can be a threat in the Champions League?

     "We are just short of having a great Champions League squad. We need another right back for cover, a #10 to sit behind Van Persie, and a holding midfielder to cover for song. That's it."

Q. For the last few years, Arsenal hasn't been fighting for the title anymore. We've been just looking for the CL spot. Who would you blame? The board, manager or is it that the squad is just not strong enough to fight for the title?

     "The board. Reason being the other two rely on the first. If the board doesn't provide the resources necessary for a proper Champions League squad, there is only so much one, or many, can do."

Q. With rumours of Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola to Arsenal, do you think it's the right choice? Would you be happy with a Mourinho-Wenger swap?

    "Only two managers I would be happy with at Arsenal to replace Wenger are Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp from Borussia Dortmund. Both manage styles extremely similar to that of Arsene's."    

1. Teams you think would finish in the top 4 by the end of the season.
"Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham"

2. Apart from Arsenal, which team do you enjoy watching play in the Premier League?

3. Favourite player in the Premier League?
"Clint Dempsey"

4. If you could meet Howard Webb, what would you tell him?
"Wake Up."

5. The most boring match of the season?
"Aston Villa vs Stoke"

6. Your best moment of the season?
"Spurs comeback"

7. One word for Nicklas Bendtner

8. One word for Arsene Wenger

9. Chamakh, Park, Vela or Bendtner, who would be your preferred substitutes?
"Vela and Park"

10. What would you prefer? Winning the Carling Cup or qualifying for the Champions League?
"Qualifying for Champions League"


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