Arsenal FC: 5 Summer Objectives
Another season of disappointment for Arsenal football club and it's fans? Probably.
Still no trophies and a far-from-assured attempt at retaining a UEFA Champions League qualification spot in the English Premier League.
It took until February for Arsenal's players to realise what they might be in danger of and boy did they pull their fingers out.
Unfortunately, barring the 5-2 North London derby victory, this season is another one to forget.
What can Arsenal do this summer to avoid another unsatisfactory campaign?
Retain Robin van Persie
Obviously, Arsenal's major concern this summer will be extending Robin van Persie's contract.
After the season he's had, even in spite of his injury record, they must do everything they can to keep him in North London.
Manchester City have supposedly been sniffing around and are happy to offer him £220,000 per week. Arsenal must break the wage to keep the Dutchman.
Shift Some Deadwood
It has to be said, Arsenal do not have a world-class squad.
The fallout we witnessed midseason was largely due to the copious injuries they sustained in November and December.
Thomas Vermaelen has transformed the side since regaining fitness and with Bacary Sagna back in action, the Gunners' defence looks less like a comedy show.
What they need is to get rid of the rubbish and use that wage budget relief to invest in some proper players.
Sebastien Squillaci, Johan Djourou, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner must be shifted. The long-term benefit of keeping both Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young needs to be looked into.
Spend Some Monaaaaaay!
Seriously, Arsene Wenger, let your hair down once in a while.
The impending move of Lukas Podolski is a good start in rebuilding the team but that's all it is—a start.
While the form of several Arsenal players has picked up over the last two months, they haven't been good enough for a long time.
The squad needs padding out to avoid a serious dip in results due to injuries—injuries that occur every single season without fail to Arsene Wenger's teams it seems.
Some capable defensive recruits are needed, even if Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny's partnership is blossoming.
Hit the Laboratory, Find the Formula for Consistency
Arsenal's form over the last seven weeks has been, quite simply, scintillating.
Seven wins in a row in the English Premier League is commendable for any team, especially one which was floundering outside of the UEFA Champions League places during January.
How do you replicate that across a whole season? Don't tell me it's not possible, because Arsenal's "invincibles" did it.
Injuries played a part, sure, but Alex Song wasn't threading passes like he does early on the season. Theo Walcott was abject and Laurent Koscielny was iffy compared to what he is now.
The dramatic change in these players performances, among others, suggests that Arsene Wenger has said, done or cast something.
He needs to make sure the team are showing this much motivation and determination right from the start of next season.
Get Jack Wilshere Fit and Build Around Him
Jack Wilshere won't face many summers more important than this.
Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping the young English midfielder's career and progress hasn't stagnated too badly during his lengthy injury lay-off.
Arsenal need to regroup and build around this future star and take their game to the next level. Alex Song has made huge strides in his career this season and Tomas Rosicky remembered what a goal net is.
However, Yossi Benayoun will be off and Wilshere will easily usurp the underperforming Aaron Ramsey in the battle for selection.
If they can incorporate Wilshere back into the squad seamlessly, the 2012-2013 club should be a better, more productive one.
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