Are Arsenal turning into Tottenham of olde?

By Avenell Dave

I can't wait for the new season, I really can't.

Like every other fan around the world, I have boundless, hopeless optimism.

When I see how the youngsters such as Emmanuel Frimpong, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and even JET are pushing on, I hope, perhaps naively, that they can start showing the capabilities to make a significant difference to our squad this season.

The problem is, while Frimpong is probably the most important player in terms of position shielding the back four, we need quality in central defence and goal and we simply don't have that.

Saturday's farcical 6-5 win over Legia Warsaw told us what we all feared - that Arsenal are great going forward but cannot defend.

As the ever-wise Arseblog said yesterday, Legia crowded Lukasz Fabianski and took advantage of his fragility at set pieces: it was notable that they didn't do it in the second half when Wojciech Szczesny took over.

The younger Pole is one of the starlets of the Wenger generation and made some good saves, but even he let in some goals and needs time before he is truly ready to keep goal for The Arsenal.

The fact that the first-choice defence played and let in three goals in the first half is what concerns me most.

Love him or loathe him, Jose Mourinho knows that having a strong defence that is almost impenetrable to break through is the cornerstone of a successful side.

Even Arsene Wenger has conceded (no pun intended) that his team have let in too many goals in the past couple of seasons.

Letting in five against a side who it's fair to say are not one of European football's giants is a major concern with the cauldron of Anfield less than a week away.

With internationals in midweek, will Wenger really have time to sign a new goalkeeper and a merciless giant of a stopper that he really needs? Doubtful.

While the club have spent countless sums on the creation of the WM club at Emirates Stadium, and marketing offers to buy a name plate for your seat and other money-making initiatives, it's incredibly galling that the obvious investment to such huge on-field weaknesses have not been addressed.

I don't for one minute believe Pepe Reina is coming to us, and I have to wonder if new faces of the quality we would hope for are really going to be signed in time for us to have the upbeat start to the season that we need after the disappointing end to the last campaign.

T*tt*nh*m have for years found ways of charging fans a fortune while playing pretty football and winning nothing.

We're still ahead of them in terms of stadium, squad and finances.

But if we continue to focus on paying off debts without addressing the serious deficiencies in key areas of the team, we're going to find ourselves as the third best club in London.

And that, Addicts, is not worth thinking about.

Still just over a fortnight of the transfer window to go though - keep believing.