Arsenal: Champions League qualification will set up title challenge for next season
Arsenal opinion: Gunners can make a challenge for the Premier League title next season if they secure Champions League football
After beating Wigan 4-1 and subsequently relegating them to the championship, Arsenal go into the final day of the season knowing that fate is in their own hands.
A victory over Newcastle United would see them finish fourth and if Chelsea slip up could even see them finishing third. Any Gunners fan would have ripped your hand off if you offered them this scenario six months ago.
After two seasons of selling their best players the next transfer window has presented them with an opportunity to build a title challenging team instead of having it dismantled by departing superstars.
Oddly enough Arsenal may benefit from the fact that they have no superstars that other teams will be interest in taking. Giving them a good opportunity to build on the good team they have developed and improved over the last season.
This will undoubtedly be the most important transfer window in Arsene Wenger's reign. Huge commercial deals coupled with ever decreasing stadium debts have left them in a very secure financial position, with a reported £60-70 million available in cash reserves available before signing the huge new kit-deal with Puma which only increase that spending power.
A good core of young British players including Wilshere, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Gibbs and Jenkinson could be the foundations for a long period of success at the club. Experienced heads like Arteta and Mertesacker will be vital in creating a title challenging team.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League will weaken the ability to attract the top players and all the new commercial deals will be irrelevant. Players like Stevan Jovetic have been strongly linked with the club in recent weeks, but Wenger will know that if they are to succeed in bringing players of this calibre to the club Champions League next year is a must, as other top European teams will undoubtedly be looking as well.
Beating Newcastle will give them the opportunity to really make the most of this new found wealth. And hopefully give the faithful but frustrated Gooner's something to cheer about at the end of next season. One thinks it may be Wenger's last chance before the board have no choice but to look to freshen things up.
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