After Everton’s loss to Southampton this weekend, Arsenal's 4th place looks increasingly more secure but although finishing in a Champions League spot is a huge success, shouldn’t a club of Arsenal's history, and fans ambition be aiming a little higher?
The FA cup final could end the trophy deficiency; the 9 year wait has been a constant cloud for the club, Wenger and board meaning a club that have never spent hugely, may need to this summer.
Wenger’s position as manager has been under huge pressure in recent years. Often under stress from clubs such as Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool, not even 4th has been a guarantee; and the fans are running out of patience and excuses for the clubs positioning and cup catastrophes.
Even if Arsenal do finish 4th, and win the FA cup, is it enough to revitalise and find upcoming justifications, for what seems a squad and manager who can’t compete at the top anymore?
Arsenal started the campaign well - the fans, media and more suggested a potential title race but the glimpses of a competitive Arsenal soon faded away. The team very quickly fell into the same race of recent years; the battle for forth.
The signing of Ozil lifted morale around Arsenal, it seemed. After the opening day loss to Aston Villa, the fans were soon on Arsene's case but he delivered and bought one of the best midfielders in world football, shocking the whole Premiership with the amount spent, and sheer quality of the player.
The squads best players have been the unexpected; Ramsey, Flamini and Koscienly. The trio have been surperb, and have come as a surprise to many. Giroud has scored minimal, which has raised the fans pressure on Wenger to sign a striker.
With the speculation around Wenger's future, the best thing the French manager can do is sign players, and lift the fans assurancefor the future, and his own, as manager of Arsenal.
With that in mind, here’s a list of strikers which could fit Arsenal's bill, and spending power:
Edison Cavani: The Uruguayan looks set for a big summer at the World Cup and has hinted at a quick fire move away from the French capital and Paris Saint-Germain, as he’s not happy with his role. The prolific goal scorer could answer Arsenals problems, but could come at a big price.
Karim Benzema: Real Madrid lack depth in Benzema's role but the French striker is always in the media with potential moves. I believe Arsenal could sign the striker for a fraction of the price Cavani would demand; but will Real allow the striker leave?
Diego Costa: The Athletico Madrid number 19 has been suggested with numerous clubs for this up-coming summer and the striker will play a pivotal role for Spain this World Cup. But with such a memorable season, will he, and the club be willing to part company?
A massive summer ahead for the Gunners, that’s for sure, but will Arsenal dig deep in to their pockets and please the fans? We shall soon see.
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