It’s high time The Gunners invest big
The years of Vieira, Henry and Bergkamp seem a distance to me, never mind the Arsenal fans that’ve endured eight trophyless seasons. But their prayers might well be about to get answered by the Gunner’s board. In previous years the Arsenal elite management have been happy to sit on their dividends – with rumours in the press of moves for Rooney and Suarez, it now appears they’re ready to invest in the squad. About time too.
As it stands – with the exception of Man United’s momentum over the last decade and more – Man City and Chelsea’s financial backing means they’re leaving Arsenal further and further in their wake. Both clubs overindulgence in the transfer market has left, a once dominant club in Arsenal, disappointingly – by their own admission – battling it out with Spurs for the final Champions League spot.
So with speculation about a potential cash injection rife, it could well mean Arsenal’s days of actually fighting for the title has genuine intent. With that in mind and a number of speculated transfers, I’ve outlined what I reckon Wenger will mull over as he attempts to overrule the top three next season.
Laurent Koscielny has suggested he’s keen to stay despite interest from both Barca and Bayern. This will give Wenger confidence that he can at least hold onto his best players, especially after Koscielny helped Arsenal finish with the second best defensive record in the league behind Man City.
Arsenal’s imminent and high-profile signing is a proven goal scorer – converting 107 goals league goals during his six and a half seasons with Real Madrid. Not only that, he’s fought off intense competition from Van-Nistlerooy, Raul and Huntelaar in the past, so if Giroud decides it’s time to pull his socks up, Higuain won’t worry about the competition. But it’s the kind of competition likely to give Wenger a pleasurable headache.
Just last month, I was preparing for the likelihood of my beloved Everton losing one of our most prized assets. Man United were the frontrunners for the Belgian warrior, now it seems Arsenal could be in line for his signature. Can he fill the void left by Vieira? To a certain extent yes, but without leadership traits Vieira possessed. But what Arsenal will get is a powerful player, he’ll support in both defense and midfield and he’ll undoubtedly give Wenger 100%.
Overall, I believe Arsenal are a few players shy of a title contending side – in comparison to both Manchester clubs and Chelsea, their squad is somewhat light. Although I see them as tough opposition when they meet the other three challengers, winning the league is a little farfetched. I could only really envisage any serious challenge if that £100m was doubled.
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