Are Arsenal really that close to something special?

by Mystical Mike

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

After the Gunners crashed out to Lionel Messi FC, are they heading for another trophyless season?

We assess what lies ahead for Arsene Wenger and his young squad.

Wenger to extend contract?

The current Arsenal boss has just over a year left on his current contract. With many Gunners fans growing restless, Wenger will have to make a very big decision in the summer. If, he truly believes in his young squad then there’s no doubting he will commit to the club and see the job through. However, after last nights demolition at the hands of Barcelona, Wenger may have slight doubts. It’s very rare to hear Wenger admit his team were well beaten, even he was in awe of how good the Spanish Champions were.

Are the kids really that good?

It’s hard to believe that Lionel Messi is still only 22. He has achieved more in two seasons than the whole of the Arsenal squad will achieve in their career. Saying that, Messi is a one off. Players like him come along every twenty years.

There’s no denying Arsenal have an excellent squad with some very promising stars of the future. Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere aside, how many of those players will be playing for the first team on a regular basis?

Should he stay or should he go?

Arsene Wenger faces an uphill battle to keep his captain in the summer. Selling his prize asset may not be such a bad thing, especially if Barcelona are willing to throw in Yaya Toure into the deal. In Samir Nasri the Gunners have a ready made replacement, if the young Frenchman can add goals to his game then he is more than capable of filling the Spaniards boots. Saying that, if the price is right, I’m sure Everton’s Mikel Arteta would relish a move to the capital.

Wenger must spend

If Wenger stays, and Arsenal sell Fabregas for around 50m, then the unthinkable might actually happen. The Gunners will go on a much needed spending spree. Top of the shopping list is a World Class keeper, Manuel Almunia is a good shot stopper but nothing more. The excellent Joe Hart would be ideal. The Gunners also need two centre backs, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka would be excellent acquisitions, both are young, have Premier League experience and would give Arsenal some much needed steal to an ageing backline.

If for some reason Arsenal keep Fabregas but Wenger fails to strengthen his squad and win a trophy, then next season will surely be his last at the club.

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  • dexylongshot

    I really thought Arsenal would get at least one trophy this season, up till a week ago, i thought that maybe even 2 were within their grasp but after the weekend Chelsea win and the Messi one man demolition, it looks like another barren cupboard plus i”m a tenner down on them winning the title at 9-1, gutted. Arsene is surely thinking it’s time to invest, he cannot be that arrogant to think his squad is strong enough. All the above is true, new keeper, 2 new center-backs and a fox in the box. Get shot of a couple of the midfielders, there are just too many similar players in that area of the pitch.

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