Ever since chief executive Ivan Gazidis announced Arsenal’s financial strength, the north London outfit have been linked with everybody.
Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini are the club’s major interests, with the Gunners hierarchy expressing ambition to bring top quality players to the Emirates.
Unfortunately, it has been the Gunners tradition of falling short in the transfer market by failing to spend big. But with this pair certainly not coming cheap this summer, Arsenal must break the bank to secure their services.
However, they could end up getting none of them. So the big question is: Can Arsenal win the Premier League next season with the current squad.
I believe last seasons signings stepped up and displayed stellar performances to show they are worth every penny spent on them, even though on few occasions were below average, and I would single that out as a bad day in the office.
They didn’t waste time to blend into the Arsenal system and scored goals for fun. Still, Arsenal couldn’t secure silverware last season and the majority claimed the Gunners lacked quality and needed to sign big players to win trophies. I frankly disagree.
I believe the Gunners would have secured a Capital One Cup triumph last season if only they weren’t careless. In the Bradford game, one could observe they had the quality in the team not to only beat their opponents, but secure a final spot.
But in the most abhorrent fashion- they underrated their opponents, wasteful in front of goal, and were bit unlucky- they eventually crashed out on penalties.
The Gunners FA Cup nightmare exit was similar to the Capital One Cup. This time, it was Blackburn visiting the Emirates. And in a game where you would expect Wenger’s men tearing Blackburn into pieces, not just because of the quality advantage, but home support, they slumped and crashed out.
Predictably, one could argue the dominant performance by Bayern Munich at the Emirates in the Uefa Champions League was due to the Gunners inability to match their German counterparts, but the second leg result would make that observation useless.
And then the league. Series of poor results due to carelessness, luck, compounded the Gunners misery.
Arsenal fell below the required standards against their top four rivals last season, which could be linked to lack of sheer quality in the squad, but one can observe if they had luck on their side they would have come out victorious.
Securing big signings this summer transfer would obviously be to Arsenal’s advantage to fight for titles next season, but with the current squad, they are all but ready for next season.
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