So with back-to-back FA Cups and a top three finish in the Premier League, things are looking quite optimistic for Arsenal going into next season. The next goal is taking the Premier League title away from Chelsea
With Petr Cech signing for Arsenal earlier this summer, Arsene Wenger now has three international goalkeepers to juggle and only one position available.
The worry that most Arsenal fans have is that, although Cech is an astute piece of business, there are more pressing areas in the squad that Wenger should address, such as defensive midfield and up front, and before the window closes.
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At times last season, Arsenal looked a bit too nice, and many still believe they need a bit more ferocity to get further up the table this upcoming season.
A strong and influential centre midfielder should now be priority number one, with the rest of Arsenal’s midfield looking a little bit lightweight at the moment.
They missed out on Morgan Schneiderlin while other big teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City have towering beasts in Nemanja Matic and Yaya Toure respectively.
Francis Coquelin has broken into the first team and performed effectively throughout the second half of last season, however, can he handle the responsibility of protecting the back four throughout the whole season?
Wenger should look to a midfield powerhouse such as William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon to compliment the teams silky display’s with brute force and power, and in turn, make this team into a title winning side.
At times last season, Arsenal failed to put teams away with that decisive goal. The striking department needs to be improved upon as they cannot afford to throw away points if they want to reach the next level.
Striking up a debate
Olivier Giroud is a top striker who is able to lead the line for Arsenal, as we’ve seen in previous seasons but if you want to win the Premier league, you need at least two to three top out-and-out strikers.
Chelsea have Diego Costa, Loic Remy and now Radamel Falcao; whereas City have Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Bony and Edin Dzeko.
Giroud cannot toe the line by himself throughout the whole of the season. If Wenger wants to win the title, they need at least one more top striker who can guarantee them at least 15-20 goals next season.
Gonzalo Higuain, a lethal finisher who currently plies his trade at Napoli, is a serious option for Wenger and he would fit in nicely with their style of play, although he wont come cheap.
Cech coming into the first team will surely strengthen Arsenal’s defensive solidity for the upcoming season.
Wenger’s team is looking quite formidable for next season, as his plan to reach the high standards he set for himself in the first decade of his Arsenal career is, finally, starting to take shape. With one or two more signings, he can hope to finally get his first Premier League since 2004.