There was once a time when Arsenal dominated the league, even having a season as the 'Invincibles’, but after having seven and what is looking likely to be eight consecutive seasons without a trophy can Arsenal ever return to being a dominant force in English football?
The reasons why this is unlikely to happen have been well publicised, having focused on Arsenal becoming merely a selling club and that the more powerful clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea have the spending power, so that in any transfer war Arsenal are highly unlikely to win. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom at the Emirates stadium, there is much cause for optimism for the London side.
Firstly, Wenger still has an eye for transfer gems, the addition of Cazorla in the summer and Monreal during the January transfer window show that Arsenal are still able to attract quality players. Cazorla has proved himself to be one of the best players of the season in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals this season and gaining an additional six assists.
Since Monreal’s arrival they have kept two clean sheets in the Premier League out of his four appearances and have won three of these games. He has also implemented an attacking edge, gaining an assist in the win against Aston Villa. Therefore the way forward for Arsenal could be to look to the Spanish market for the gems they seem to have picked up this season.
In addition to this, it has been reported that Arsenal will have a significant transfer budget to spend in the summer on new additions. This would grant Arsenal some spending power in the market and could ensure that they are a force to be reckoned with next season, but it all depends on how and where they spend.
Liverpool are a recent example of a team that has spent a lot of money without the desired return, as evidenced with the £35m flop Andy Carroll. Therefore just because Arsenal may be given the money this does not necessarily guarantee success, there has to be a full scouting report to pick players which will make the desired impact, although Arsenal have a very good record in terms of their ability to scout for new talent.
Overall, for Arsenal to have any chance of competing for the league trophy next year, they must stop selling their best players; invest in the squad in areas that need improvement and continue trying to acquire fresh talent who can adapt to the Premiership, as seen with the Spanish imports this season.
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