Latest sport news networks have quoted Santi Cazorla as believing he can help his new club Arsenal finally win some silverware again after becoming the club’s latest high-profile summer signing.
The Spaniard is certainly the calibre of player Arsene Wenger needed to add to his squad but does he now have enough quality and strength in depth to challenge the Manchester clubs and Chelsea for the Premier League title in 2012-13?
The Gunners have not tasted domestic glory since their phenomenal success in 2003-04 when the ‘Invincibles’ went unbeaten throughout the whole campaign, while the FA Cup win of 2005 remains the club’s last trophy.
Every summer, players, fans and pundits line up to suggest this will finally be the season the north Londoners finally add to their honours list but in recent years they have been left disappointed.
Wenger managed to guide his side to third last term – a fine achievement considering the shocking start they had – and some might say that is the best they can hope for again in the coming campaign.
However, Cazorla, who joined from Malaga after being in the all-conquering Spain squad that triumphed in Euro 2012, believes his new club can compete for the top prizes with Wenger at the helm.
“The club has one of the best managers in football and their style of play is recognised and admired all over the world,” he said.
“I’m so excited to be joining one of the greatest teams in Europe and also in the Premier League. I will do my best to help Arsenal challenge for trophies and make all the supporters happy.”
Wenger has been accused in the past of not splashing the cash enough to keep up with his rivals but Cazorla is the third big close-season capture to arrive following earlier deals for Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
Again, both players are established stars in the eyes of members of the sport betting community and are exactly the type of signings the fans will have been craving.
What they ultimately crave, however, is a title challenge once again or at least a Cup win to celebrate in the second half of the season. There could even be more summer signings to excite the Gunners’ faithful further before the big kick-off and one more top-quality addition will give Wenger more options and that much-needed strength in depth.
Whether he has enough to mount a realistic title challenge remains to be seen but a trophy of some sort should finally be nestling in the cabinet in 12 months’ time for Cazorla and co to celebrate.