Ultimately, the feeling that Arsenal’s 2011/12 season left you with was that of the team salvaging a draw having been behind. 1-0 down early on, then a recovery to pull level by the halfway mark. A disastrous start to the second period, with another conceded, before leveling the scores with time still on the clock. Enough time for them almost to concede again, but they saw the task through and secured the point.
The 49 goals conceded in 38 matches suggests that defensive organization – throughout the team – needs to be treated as a priority. Perhaps the promotion of Steve Bould may address this. There is an obvious need for strengthening in certain positions, but the big worry on the personnel front is how critical Robin van Persie was to Arsenal. If the club do not secure his services or at least keep him for the last year of his deal whilst bedding in a new top quality forward, then next season will be a tougher one than we’d like.