After Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of last season, Arsene Wenger became the current longest serving manager in all of English football having been at Arsenal for almost 17 years.
During his time there have been many ups and downs and Wenger has established himself as one of the top managers in European football.
His highest achievement has the be from the 2003-4 Premier League season where Arsenal made history becoming the first team to win a 38 game season without a single defeat, the following season Arsenal won the FA Cup against Manchester United.
However, since then Arsenal have gone through eight painful seasons with no silverware and three cup final defeats to Barcelona (Champions League), Chelsea and Birmingham (both League Cup).
Due to this Wenger has come under heavy criticism from the Arsenal fans and many have wished to see a change of management. It is not only the lack of silverware that has frustrated the fans, the club’s transfer policy has seen some of their best players leave such as Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song to Barcelona, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy to Manchester City and Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United.
Last season the north London club finished in the top four and will be in the Champions League next season providing they make it through the qualifiers.
Last year’s vital signing was Santi Carzola from Spanish side Malaga, the Spaniard had an impressive first season and looks to only be improving. Though since Van Persie’s departure Arsenal have lacked a clinical finisher, Olivier Giroud had a decent first season and Theo Walcott has played in the forward role yet neither of them can be classed as top class strikers.
Many reports have been linking David Villa and Gonzalo Higuain away from La Liga and rumours are that Arsenal are interested. Both are proven finishers and would be the singing that Arsenal need. Another spot that the Gunners have been lacking in is the defensive midfielder role since Alex Song’s departure; Mikel Arteta was fantastic for them last season yet that role is not his natural position.
This role is very important for any side and Arsenal are looking at Ilkay Gundogan from Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund however, it would be very hard to tempt Gundogan away from a quality Dortmund side.
The chief executive at the club Ivan Gazidis has confirmed that the side are ready for a big summer in the transfer market and rumours are that Wenger has claimed to be looking to spend big as Arsenal’s squad needs strengthening if they are to once again establish themselves as title challengers.
Next season is one of the most pivotal in Wenger’s career and could be his last chance to show what he has to offer for the Gunners.
Over the last five years his side have just been happy to finish in the top four yet fans are eager for them to return as challengers for the title or at least win some silverware.
The 2013/14 season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in Premier League history and Wenger will have to make sure his side are up for the challenge or it could be his last in charge.
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