If Arsenal somehow manage to pip Manchester City and Chelsea to the Premier League title this year, they would be winning their first piece of silverware in around nine years.
Would it usher in an era wherein the Gunners reign supreme in English football? Probably not. Would that matter to fans in the current climate? Probably not.
Ask any Arsenal fan around and at the moment they’d tell you they want to win the league. With the financial capabilities of their nearest rivals the north Londoners struggle massively to compete for the title year in year out and face a continual battle to constantly evolve in order to ensure they're in contention for major trophies.
Take one look at the Gunners present squad, and you’ll see a team which has quality enough to sustain a credible challenge for the Premier League title, but holds an inherent flaw which could ultimately put paid to dreams of breaking the glory drought; they don’t have a world-class striker.
Olivier Giroud, for all of his skill and ability to play the quick passing football that Wenger craves, is not a world-class striker. As the only reputable forward within the squad a fair amount of pressure lies upon his shoulders with regards to providing Arsenal with the all-important goals they need.
His time at the Emirates so far would indicate that though far from being useless, the Frenchman isn’t possessive of the traits necessary to fill that role. Not to the extent required, anyhow.
With a midfield to be envied and a team ethos steadied by foundations planted in the practise of an annoyingly good passing game, the Arsenal team of this season would be lethal if they could boast a Thierry Henry up front.
In fact, allow me to go one better, imagine they had a Robin van Persie.
It’s with a frustrating yet unavoidable irony that Wenger has surely come to realise that the man he sold to Manchester United back in 2012 is the man who could have handed him the title on a silver platter this year.
And yet with reports that the former Gunners skipper is seeking a move back to his old haunt, is it asking too much for fans to imagine an emphatic return? Let’s be clear here, the Dutchman is the type of world-class striker Arsenal need.
With United said to be assessing Edinson Cavani’s situation at Paris Saint-Germain and Wayne Rooney a considerable favourite to be named the next captain, Van Persie’s position at Old Trafford is looking more and more untenable past the end of this term by the day.
At 30-years-old he’s far from the traditional signing for the future that Wenger annually delves into the transfer market for, but he’d most certainly offer the firepower which would elevate Arsenal’s credentials from high-flying top four candidates to nailed on title favourites.
Reverting back to the point I made at the start of this piece, if Wenger was to mastermind the resigning of Van Persie then it would virtually assure Arsenal the chance to win the title next year.
Would they be able to repeat that feat the following year? Probably not. Will it bother Arsenal fans too much? Again, probably not.
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