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Arsenal: Three steps to silverware

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Arsenal have failed to win a trophy in over eight years.  With it possibly being Arsene Wenger's last season as Arsenal manager, he has a lot of work to do in order to improve his team. 

The squad showed signs of promise towards the end of the season taking 26 points from a possible 30 to snatch fourth place away from Tottenham.

Wenger only needs to do several things to turn Arsenal in to a title-challenging time. 

1. Strengthen the squad

The Arsenal squad for the 2012-2013 season was unarguably Arsenals worst squad under Wenger.  The main key to becoming a winning squad is to sign world-class player.  

Firstly, Arsenal should look to add competition in goal, by bringing in a goalkeeper.  Julio Cesar is a fan favourite, and leaving from Championship-bound QPR, Cesar should come pretty cheap. Cesar would likely become Arsenal's first-choice keeper, which will aspire Wojciech Szczesny to win his spot back.

Next, Arsenal need to sign a midfielder. Now, although Arsenal could really use a defensive midfielder, the link with ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas has got fans thinking otherwise.  

Should Arsenal take the risk on passing up a quality defensive midfielder and continue to play Arteta out of position, with injury-prone Diaby as the back up, all at the cost of Fabregas? I say yes.  

Cesc is too good of a midfielder to pass up and if Arsenal passed up on the opportunity of Capoue of Gonalons in order to sign Cesc, it would benefit them. Arteta was quality for an out of position defensive midfielder, and if Diaby can get healthy again, Arsenal would not struggle as much in the defensive midfield role.

Another key area the Gunners need to improve on is the central of defence. The signing of Ashley Williams from Swansea City would be perfect for Arsenal. 

Not only would it add more competition at the back, but it would add stability, which would improve the inconsistent defence of Arsenal. This could also add to the passing up of a defensive midfielder.

Sign a world-class striker. Arsenal are being linked with four different strikers, and i strongly believe one of them will be at the Emirates next season. 

Those four strikers are: Stevan Jovetic, David Villa, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuaín.  

Arsenal could become a huge threat with any of these signings, with Rooney and Higuaín being my favorites. If Arsene Wenger could somehow persuade Rooney to the Emirates, Arsenal could be lethal up front. If this is not possible, then the signing of Gonzalo Higuain would be a great second option.  Both strikers could bring many goals to the Emirates; something Arsenal's strikers lacked this season.

2. Get Jack Wilshere healthy

Jack Wilshere has struggled in his short career with injury. In the healthy spell that Wilshere had at Arsenal from October 2012-March 2013 was nothing but brilliant. 

The 21 year-old was the hardest working player on the pitch every game.  He was full of energy and added some quality in the centre of midfield. If Arsenal can manage to get Wilshere healthy, and keep him that way, the Gunners would benefit immensely.

3. Sell the deadwood

Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson have already left this summer, freeing up millions in wages.  If Arsene Wenger can sell the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu Young, Andre Santos, Johan Djourou, and Nicklas Bendtner this could free up space and money for expensive players such as Rooney and Fabregas, and maybe even allow space for Arsenal to sign a defensive midfielder.

If Arsene Wenger follows the steps above, there is no doubt that Arsenal would win some silverware next season.


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