Coming to the end of another season, it's time to reflect on the performance of Arsenal this season.
The team appeared to go through three different stages this season. At the beginning, right up until February the Gunners were vying for the title. Their impressive form both home and away saw them near the top at Christmas after being first for a staggering 128 days of the season, more than any other club.
Post-Christmas form was non existent for Arsenal seeing drop points left, right and centre. Their failure to top their Champions League group saw them comprehensively beaten by Bayern Munich in the following round. On top of this, Arsenal were on the end of drubbings in the games against fellow title contenders such as Chelsea (6-0), Man City (6-3) and Liverpool (5-1). The injuries the squad suffered during this time was certainly a factor in their abysmal form. Losing key players such as Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey.
Eventually though Arsenal picked up where they left off during April and re-discovered the form that had them labelled title contenders by the media. With Champions League secured and an FA Cup final on the horizon, Arsenal and Wenger seem to have salvaged something from what looked to be a very disappointing season.
Looking towards next season I believe Arsenal fans can be very optimistic provided the Gunners delve into the transfer market and make one or two marquee signings to have a squad worthy of challenging for the title.
Currently Arsenal have the mould of a title winning squad but still lack that Vieira-esque presence in midfield. Although Mathieu Flamini has given some inspiration and provided some steel to the Arsenal midfield this season, he doesn't possess the quality of a holding midfielder in a title winning side.
Unfortunately it seems one of Arsenal's main targets, Lars Bender, had committed himself long term to his current club Bayer Leverkusen but Wenger should look towards other potential targets. Highly unlikely but not impossible is if Arsenal were to sign Leroy Fer from the relegated Norwich City.
Although Fer may not have had the most audacious first season in the Premier League, the raw talent seems to be there for him to establish himself as a great holding midfielder, plus he would come on the cheap. Standing at an imposing 6 ft 2 in, Fer certainly possesses the physicality to dominate a midfield. Fer certainly hasn't gone unnoticed in the footballing world recently breaking into the Netherlands squad and may be another one of Wenger's genius coup signings.
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