So as Arsenal will look to add some *bling* to their lonely cabinet and bag their first trophy since 2005, what expectation can the fans really take into the upcoming campaign?
It’s certainly early days where the transfer window is concerned, but with Liverpool and Manchester United splashing out already, Chelsea are set to give the Ancelotti era a face lift and City… Well City are set for a new chapter in their history as the revolution set to take place at Eastland’s has the potential (the money)to create a tantalising dream team and become a dominant force on the world stage.
So this just leaves the question… What can Arsene Wenger do to compete for a trophy next season?…I believe he must squash the belief he can do it his own way, and it’s time to cave in and spend whatever he needs too.
If he fails to invest in the type of quality and experience needed, plus fill in the gaping hole that Cesc Fabregas will leave behind if he vacates back to his roots this summer, then he runs the risk of dropping out of the elite top four category for the first time since he took over at the club.
For Arsenal to be taken seriously, and to install the belief they can go the whole hog I believe five or six new faces are in order, a left back, a centre back, a centre mid, a Pires, a top striker and a goalkeeper.
As my opinion spills onto the page I can almost feel the presence of the critics, but in my eye’s this is what is needed to ensure Arsenal can keep their Champions league status alive and challenge on all fronts for silverware.
When it comes to playing between the sticks personally I like Szczesny, but you have to feel more experience is needed to take the No.1 jersey.
Gael Clichy has served his occupation well during his eight years he’s been at the club, but he seems to be on his way out of the emirates, and in all honesty he couldn’t of timed it better as the left back position is Certainly due a makeover, but his replacement may not be a new face as Kieran Gibbs looks likely to fill his boots.
Chris Samba has been heavily linked with a switch to North London, and would certainly add power and strength to a shaky back four, and partnered up with a fully fit Vermaelen would prove a daunting task for any striker.
Now in the middle of the park an experienced, tough tackling Viera like player could prove vital. I have also mentioned a Pires character, someone of his calibre who can get you 15 goals a season on the opposite flank to Samir Nasri.
Also a top striker is needed, despite Van Persie having a sensational season last term he can’t do it all alone and unfortunately Chamakh doesn’t look like the man for the job… So get shopping Arsene…
I can’t see it happening personally, but if the Arsenal boss fails to win a trophy next season it could be curtains for his future at the club.
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