A season that promised so much at one point ultimately ended in frustration and disappointment for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger manager for Arsenal vowed to dust of the cheque book and reinforce his underachieving squad with experienced and quality signings, in order to mount a serious challenge next season both domestically and in Europe.
Good news indeed for any Arsenal fans out there, some of whom must have been wondering towards that end of last season, had Arsene lost the trust and understanding he had with the squad and maybe even some fans? The results and performances under Wenger from March to May suggest that the players were no longer playing for Wenger or the badge but instead just going through the motions until the season finished. This attitude from the players killed any chances the gunners had of putting a shiny new trophy in the cabinet and ending a barren run of six years without silverware at the club.
Officially the transfer window has only been opened a few days, but that hasn’t stopped teams such as Man United, Man City, Liverpool and even Sunderland from getting their transfer business out of the way early. Giving any new signings the best chance to get accustomed to their new surroundings and being part of a full pre-season is vital for a smooth transition of any new acquisition.
Arsene Wenger had also gone on record stating that Arsenal would spend big and get any transfer activity done early. Clubs up and down the country returned during the week for pre-season training and Arsenal were no different. But Arsenal started with the same core group the finished the season in such a dismal fashion. This is not a signal of intent on Arsene Wenger’s part and so far any marquee signings have failed to materialise. Instead of looking towards investment in the squad, Arsenal fans already feel alienated from the club with increased ticket prices now worry the opposite will happen, a player exodus.
Arsene’s activity in the transfer market has now taken a different interpretation; the activity is now focusing on keeping his established stars at the club. Already Gael Clichy has followed the money bags up to Manchester, another rumoured deal close to completion is Samir Nasri to one of Man United or Man City, along with the annual Fabregas to Barcelona headline that is regurgitated regularly by the press. Also rumoured to be following these three high profile talents out of the Arsenal exit door is Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner due to lack of first team action.
Currently without the exit of Nasri and Fabregas, Arsenal still need at least three players who are of starting quality, a centre back to partner a fit again Thomas Vermaelen, a defensive midfielder to complete with Song and offer a bit more protection of the back four and a striker that can offer pace, assists and most importantly goals in the attacking third.
Improving on a side that finished fourth last season, will require a minimum three players, if all the nonsense going on regarding the inevitable Fabregas and Nasri departures this summer comes to fruition, that would leave Arsenal severely lacking in terms of star quality to choose from and would require Wenger to abandon his normally stringent transfer policy (Which I don’t see happening).
If Arsenal loses Nasri and Fabregas, this could lead to other players jumping ship as they could also see it as a case of the club failing to match the player’s ambition. In order for Arsene to develop the team into strong resilient title contenders he must keep his best players along with improving the squad.
Some people could argue that instead of a wow factor signing, Arsene should promote members of the youth team, but this is the policy he has adopted for the last number of trophy-less years, and now is the time to add some proven winners of quality to the talented gunners. Is there still trust amongst Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger is the man to turn their fortunes around? If the investment does not happen and the exodus of players currently talked about happens, Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top four and will endure what will be a seventh season without a trophy.
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