Luis Suarez not enough to bring Arsenal title

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It's been one of the summer's ongoing transfer saga's and is still yet to near any sort of completion.

I'm talking of course about Luis Suarez' proposed transfer from Liverpool to Arsenal. The Uruguayan expressed his desire to live the Kop in early June whilst away for the Confederations Cup.

He stated that family issues, the media and the chance of European football were his reasons for wanting away.

However, since then, the only club to have tabled a real offer for Suarez is English side Arsenal. Most expected the player to refuse a move to another club to another Premier League given his plea to the club to allow him to move away from the British media constantly hounding him and his family.

However, Suarez performed a complete U-turn and has since stated his desire to join the Gunners because of their Champions League status - something that isn't even guaranteed yet.

This has obviously left Liverpool fans/ players/ manager and owners angry and confused. The man hoping to bring in the controversial forward however is Arsene Wenger. Wenger has talked up the player throughout the summer and has even hinted at the strikers ability to solve all of Arsenal's issues should he sign for the club.

It's not only Wenger however who believes this, with many pundits and ex-Arsenal legends also tipping the Gunners for the title if they land Luis Suarez. This article however will propose reasons as to why it will take much more than one player to help Arsenal push for the title. The first reason is one that has been aired recently by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher during their Monday night football show on Sky Sports.

Both ex-footballers explained that Arsenal have had Robin van Persie in the past, a player arguably better than Luis Suarez, but even with the Dutch man, they came no where near competing for the title.

Van Persie had led the Arsenal line since the departure of legend Thierry Henry and with other notable players around him such as Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Arsenal were far off from winning a possible fourth Premier League title. The side now is a mixture of quality players and mediocre players, with some past their peak or yet to see their peak. 

With that in mind, of course it will take more than the addition of Suarez.

Yes, the Uruguayan would vastly improve the attacking options of Arsenal but they need much more than that at the back and in midfield. If we look at the team sheet, it's clear that Arsenal have needed a top draw goalkeeper for years.

Already this summer Arsene Wenger has overlooked the possibility of loaning Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina who has instead ended up at Napoli. Another keeper that is on offer is QPR's Brazilian number 1 sitting on the bench in the Championship, Julio Cesar.

The addition of the Brazilian who saved QPR some vital points at times last season would bring in a louder voice and a more commanding experienced shot stopper in between the sticks.

The next position on the team sheet in need of an update is the right back area. Bacary Sagna has played his role at Arsenal well over the season but when he is injured there hasn't been enough quality cover. Sagna, is soon to be past his peak and with that in mind surely Arsene Wenger would consider bringing in a fresh pair of legs.

There are some top draw full backs out there at the minute and Wenger would be wise to test the market for one. 

Other areas that need addressing in Arsenal's squad are Central Defence and Left Midfield. The Central Defenders at Arsenal have done a good job, but a winner is needed in the back line of Arsenal.

Someone who has experienced the thrill of winning a trophy or competing for one year in year out. Arsenal claim to have the money to splash so why not try to bring in a solid central defender from one of Europe's big clubs. A number of defensive targets have arisen for Manchester City in the past week, but all of the names put forward could also feature in the Arsenal squad should Wenger throw his hat in.

As for left midfield, Arsenal have tried out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski. None of these players are left midfielders by trade and Wenger needs to be looking at a player more comfortable in that position and with Andrey Arshavin finally getting the boot, they need one more than ever.

With Manchester United bringing in Wilfried Zaha, there have been questions over Ashley Young's future role at the club. Other players worth taking a look at are; Ibrahim Afellay of Shalke 04, Christian Tello of Barcelona and with the World Cup 2014 at the end of the campaign players like Robinho of AC Milan will be looking for more regular football and a chance to impress. 

The final area needed for improvement is the striking position. Arsenal as we have seen have put all their eggs into one basket this summer waiting for the Luis Suarez move to follow through.

Liverpool however, have remained firm on their stance that the Uruguayan is simply not for sale and definitely not to Arsenal - a rival club.

With that in mind, it is surely time for Arsene Wenger to consider plan B. There are a lot of strikers around that would suit the Gunners with some already gracing the Premier League. Papiss Cisse of Newcastle United has a great goal scoring record and with the striker currently unsettled, a move could prove likely.

Other contenders for the forward role at Arsenal are Alexandre Pato of AC Milan, Rodrigo Palacio of Inter Milan, Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Shalke 04, Lisandro Lopez of French side Lyon and prolific Nigerian frontman Emmanuel Emenike from Spartak Moscow. 

With all this in mind though, is it likely that Arsene Wenger will spend any money at all this summer?

Well, fans certainly want to see the longest Premier League serving manager dip his hands into the money bag and bring in a quality player. With time running out however, any deal done by Arsenal could be desperate and a waste of resources. Sebastian Squillaci, Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu Young are all recent signings that have proved fruitless for Arsenal. 

The project at Arsenal to make the team a title contending side once again is one that will take time and money.

It is similar to the one going on at Liverpool, who have conceded the facts that it is not an overnight process. Arsenal fans need to accept that the side of 2003/04 is no where near the one they have today and is now a memory.

The only man remaining from those days is the manager and he himself looks a shadow of what he once was. Wenger needs to bring back the genius he had when he assembled the invincible side and bring in some exciting talent. The confidence in the Frenchman to deliver though is quickly diminishing and this could be a defining season for him. 

What should Arsenal fans expect from this season then? Well if the Gunners don't land Luis Suarez and don't manage to bring in a marque signing then they can expect a tough battle with Liverpool and Tottenham for that coveted fourth place in the league.

If they do manage to land a top quality player however, the season could be different. I don't think they'll push the top three for the title, but they could certainly land some sort of silverware whether that be FA Cup or Carling Cup.

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