It has been almost a decade since Arsenal won the Premier League title and have never won the Champions League.
The came closest in 2006 when they were beaten by Barcelona in the final in Paris.
How can Arsenal go form the nearly men to a genuine European force? We now take a look at the five things that Arsenal must do to challenge for European and domestic honours.
Buy Marouane Fellaini
It is perhaps telling that Arsenal won their last trophy with what would prove to be Patrick Vieira's final kick of the ball as an Arsenal player.
Arsenal have been often criticised since then for having a soft underbelly. Mikel Arteta has been deployed in a defensive midfielder role after the departure of Alexander Song and while he has been impressive in linking defence and attack, he has been unable to provide sufficient cover for the back four. The purchase of Fellaini would ensure that Arsenal are finally able to bring much needed steel to their stylish midfield.
Buy a lethal finisher
With exceptional creative players such as Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Arteta, as well as wide men such as Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, Arsenal are a team that will create chances against any defence in Europe.
The problem lies in their profligacy, with recent strikers such as Olivier Giroud, Emmanuel Adebayor and even Robin van Persie being found guilty of missing gilt-edged chances in crucial matches. Buying a striker in the mould of Robert Lewandoski would ensure that most of the chances created by Arsenal end up with the ball in the back of the net.
Buy a Goalkeeper
Despite Wojciech Szczesny’s impressive performances in the past few years, he has come under criticism for some high profile errors along with doubts over how well he can handle high-pressure situations.
Arsene Wenger’s choice of playing Lukasz Fabianski over Szczesny in the second leg of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich showing the gaffer’s lack of trust in his young keeper. Buying an experienced keeper such as Pepe Reina or Julio Cesar would not only lend confidence to those in front of them but also help Szczesny learn as their understudy.
Make Wilshere captain
Wenger recently confirmed that Thomas Vermaelen would retain the captain’s arm band this season. However, with his recent injury problems along with the emergence of the centre-back partnership of Per Martesacker and Laurent Koscielny, Vermaelen might find himself on the bench for most of next season.
Not having your club captain in the starting XI means that leadership must come from elsewhere.
In Wilshere they have a willing young player who is not only an Arsenal academy graduate but has a penchant to rise to the occasion and fight to the end, two qualities required in every leader.
Have a plan B
Arsenal, without doubt, play the best football in England, with their fast paced passing style under Wenger winning them many fans. However, due to the nature of their game, teams now set up in order to disrupt them and hence have been known to cause problems to Arsenal whenever they park the bus and play on the counter.
Arsenal also have problems against overly physical teams with teams such as Stoke and Bolton enjoying success against them due to their physical style. In order to become champions, Arsenal must learn how to win ugly and to win even things aren’t going their way.
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