Arsenal's wealth has to be utilised in the upcoming transfer window

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Arsenal have been ranked as the fifth most valuable club in world football, according to Forbes. Sponsorship deals, broadcasting and match day revenue has financially elevated the club above the likes of Barcelona.

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chelsea sit above the Gunners in the rankings, but it is clear that the North London side have a wealth of resources at their disposal.

In the past, Arsene Wenger and the rest of the hierarchy present at the club have been ridiculed for their lack of investment in the squad and with the club's failings this year, it is of primary importance that they seek to remedy this.


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Investment required to fix Arsenal's problems

It is no secret that Arsenal are in dire need of substantial investment in key areas of their squad. In the earlier stages of the new millennium, Wenger could be forgiven for being a bit stingy, given the fact the Gunners were erecting a brand new stadium.

Resources had to be utilised to fund what has been a hugely successful project and the Frenchman's expert leadership helped keep the club competitive, as well as financially viable during this period.

However, with these financial revelations, Wenger and the rest of Arsenal's penny-pinchers have no excuse not to meet the fans needs for new, talented blood in the squad.

Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech have all been marquee signings made in the last three transfer windows, yet the lack of recruitment which came with them at the same time is still an issue for concern.

The modern environment in the Premier League revolves around the splashing of cash and this means spending out on more than one talented name if you are to reach the pinnacle of the division.

The likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, while they may have both struggled in 2015/16, have built their recent successes on hordes of new players who have gone on to elevate the squad to new heights.

Potential rewards from lifting the cheque book

In Jose Mourinho's last title-winning season with Chelsea, the Portuguese manager brought in the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to bolster his squad, with the investment working a treat as the club strolled to the title, helped massively by their new acquisitions.

This is something the Gunners have struggled to replicate, they do not bring in more than one player who can improve the team and as a consequence, they have not progressed like many thought they would.

To put it in a different perspective, even Leicester City's success this season was built on acquiring a volume of new players, like N'Golo Kante and Shinji Okazaki, in order to elevate the side, a theory that really did work out.

Arsenal simply have to put their financial resources to good use and while they do not need a mass squad overhaul, they certainly need some fresh faces.

Three key areas

A striker, central midfielder and a centre-half are three positions which should without question receive some level of investment.

Danny Welbeck's injury makes the forward role of utmost importance while central midfield has been a position which has let the club down time and time again, as has the centre-back positions.

With some very talented players already available at the club, there has never been a better time for the Gunners to flex their clear financial muscle and build something special.

This summer could be huge for the North London club and it could be one which sees them announce themselves among the elite in the transfer window. It is the only way in which Arsenal can challenge for the title next season.

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