Arsenal’s hunt for a trophy this season officially came to an end last week after a Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, despite the Gunners winning the last leg 2-0. So now Arsenal just have one fight on their hands, a battle with their London rivals for a top four league spot.
Clearly Arsenal needs to reinforce the squad this summer, with new, fresh and top-notch players. This looks promising as Ivan Gazidis has granted manger Arsene Wenger £70 million to spend on the very best players at the end of the season, along with that sponsorship deal with Emirates.
However, this battle for a top four finish could decide as to whether Arsenal get the very best of players, or just those who are simply needed to re-build the squad for the future. The battle has been brought on by the side themselves, if the board had spent the money last summer, the fans maybe not having so much heartache this season.
Last year, Arsenal saw the likes of Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski. They have all had a slow start in Arsenal jerseys, but they have managed to show that they are valuable members to the squad. Is this enough for a team of Arsenal's calibre and history?
The total cost of these three players was just over £37 million. If Arsenal had another £70 million lying around or even less, they could of saw one or two more signings before the window shut. The Gunners were linked with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, but were beaten by Chelsea for their signatures.
Arsenal could even have bought the players they want to sign this summer. If they had pushed to boat out further last year, then they wouldn’t be in the situation they are in now. They certainly wouldn’t be scrapping over fourth spot, and would have a better chance of ending their trophy draught.
The board have simply left the spending plan too late. The club was showing signs of struggle last season, and even though they bought three players, they could have bought more. Now they have to hope to that they win most of their remaining games, if they are to get into the top four.
They have some difficult games remaining, which they have too almost certainly win. If they do, then the board and the club have a lifeline to revive Arsene's squad, and will have to dig deep in their pockets to find that all important £70 million the fans are anticipating.
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