Arsenal need more than just Petr Cech this season

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For the last few years Arsenal have been one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League, finishing in the top four every season since the 1995-96 season, but can Arsene Wenger recreate the famous 'Invincibles' team, or at least challenge for the title?

Last season was seen as a success by Gunners fans with the club finishing third in the league and winning both the FA Cup and Community Shield.

On top of that the club made it to the Champions League knockout rounds, but they did suffer a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton in the third round of the League Cup.


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The club seemed to be slowly moving in the right direction with the signings of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers, David Ospina and Mathieu Debuchy.

The stand out performer was Sanchez, grabbing 25 goals, but Chambers and Ospina were also helpful.


The Gunners made their main move in the transfer window fairly early on with the signing of Petr Cech, moving from Chelsea to Arsenal for approximately £10 million.

The 33-year-old was a very shrewd signing by Arsene Wenger, who had been struggling to decide whether Ospina or Wojciech Szczesny was better, and will certainly add some much needed experience and quality to the team.

Apart from this the only other movements were of Lukas Podolski and the injury prone Abou Diaby moving on.

There are many rumours flying around but it seems that the Gunners are interested in both Pedro and Edin Dzeko, although the competition is fierce for the Barcelona winger as Chelsea have also shown an interest. It also looks certain that one of Szczesny or Ospina will move onto pastures new.

Who to look out for

Last season Sanchez arguably carried Arsenal to third position with all of his 25 goals and next season we will be looking forward to more of the same.

The partnership he and Mesut Ozil had last season was too much for most teams and tore defences apart.

New signing Cech will also be one to look out for as he will provide extra quality and experience to a fairly decent defence.


The current squad looks really quite good, however, there are certain areas which need refining. The centre of defence is one area where extra quality is needed, and Wenger knows this too.

Despite having a decent defensive record last season in order, to push for the title, the Gunners will need to bring in a very good central defender, which Wenger tried to do when he signed Gabriel. A strong holding midfielder, such as Victor Wanyama, will add extra strength to Arsenal's midfield which is also needed. 

Apart from this all Arsenal need to do is be up for making a title challenge mentally which is why Cech, and others who have won Championships, will be of great help.


With great facilities, a new stadium, a passionate support and wealthy backers Arsenal are bound to succeed in the future but I think that a change in philosophy is needed at the top.

I believe that Arsenal need to bring in a bright, young manager, such as Jurgen Klopp, to push forward. Until then I think Arsenal will challenge for the title but never achieve that goal.

Final position: Third

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