Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were Arsenal’s best players in the FA Cup final a couple of weeks back, and many games since they have been at the club.
Arsene Wenger said that he trusts his current crop, saying that the team has matured and that ‘‘cohesion is needed’’ to win the league title rather than big signings.
No, Arsene, you will need both.
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He says this does not mean he is not willing to spend, citing his signings of Ozil and Sanchez as proof of his splashing out, but ruled out another transfer or two of a similar fee thus eliminating any prospect of the likes of Paul Pogba and Gareth Bale pulling on the Arsenal shirt.
Who are we to judge Wenger, the man who has won numerous trophies during his career and making sure that Arsenal are the only side to have finished in the top four every year since 1997?
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Wenger must splash the cash
It appears that 99 per cent of fans, Arsenal and others alike, know or think Wenger’s team need a goalkeeper (well, not Wojciech Szczesny anyway), a world-class central defender or two, a defensive midfielder and a world-class striker whilst keeping Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and even Lukas Podolski.
Can we all be wrong? Wenger has been saying ‘‘this is a maturing side,’’ a ‘‘young side’’ for nigh on a decade now.
Going right back to Blackburn Rovers in 1995, all the clubs that have won the league have spent a substantial amount of money – Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, they all have.
The books are balanced at Arsenal with possibly the most expensive season tickets in Europe – in Britain certainly.
Arsenal a few players away from becoming champions
Winning two FA Cups in two seasons is good, but that is over 12 or so games taking replays into account, which is not even half a season’s worth, so the question is whether the Gunners can play 38 games without a major blip.
Arsenal have some fantastic players, while one gets the sense when seeing them together that they have a fantastic team spirit, are feeling like winners after the two cup wins and are only a few players away from winning the league.
The thing is, it has been the same issue for years, it has been the same positions that have needed filling for years, and the same excuses for not spending to fill those positions have been used for years.
But now they can spend money on the players that they want and need. For the sake of the Premier League and news articles, I hope they do.