Arsenal FC: Why Arsene Wenger Now Has the Squad to Win Trophies
Seven baron years and building fan contempt has meant that expectation within The Emirates Stadium this year and leading into the next is at a fever pitch.
Arsene Wenger knows that this season is crucial for a number of reasons, as his position at the club is increasingly under question despite him being the most successful manager in the club's history.
The fans have called for purchases as the club has continued to lose top players to rival clubs due to their individual search for medals elsewhere.
Perhaps it was also the humiliation of last summer when Wenger lost another captain and a host of players, but Wenger has decided that this season he will identify his targets and bring them into a maturing squad.
First, there was the "early bird catches the worm" acquisition of Lukas Podolski.
Next was the French international, Oliver Giroud, fresh after the Euro 2012.
Then there was the scoop of the season with Spanish international Santi Cazorla.
There is still talk of Yann M'Villa and Nuri Sahin joining the ranks, the possibility of Van Persie staying and everyone's favourite new signing, Abou Diaby, being fit again.
If one were to look at the squad now, it would seem like Arsenal have an embarrassment of riches within there quarters.
Names such as Szczesny, Sagna, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Song, Arteta, Walcott, Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Santos, Wilshere, Coquelin, Frimpong and Giroud all wet the tongue if not to put a finger on it and then stick it in the air.
There is an air of class and if Arsenal can start the season as they ended the last one, I believe a surprise could be in the cards.
Man City are easy favourites but as we've seen, complacency can set in, and it almost cost them last term.
Man Utd are always tough competitors but are not an exciting prospect at the moment and haven't been for a while, though they are always there or thereabouts.
Chelsea, the European champions, must fancy themselves this season with some quality signings; however, their manager is manager by default and doesn't really have the experience to go a whole season in charge of a title-winning side.
Liverpool have a good manager, but they should be aiming for top-five status and displacing Spurs and Newcastle, because any other aim would be a fallacy.
This leaves a gap for Arsenal, who now have players who have not only played together for a while now, but have that burning desire to become successful again.
Now Arsenal have added quality in every position and if Wenger can convince RVP to not only stay but sign a new contract, we could see the end of the drought.
If Arsenal cannot be consistent for a whole season, I can still see them being dangerous in cup competitions, especially now with decent backup.
Can Arsenal win a trophy this season?
Attacking options look strong and the defence can only improve after what was actually a very good second half of the season last time around.
Wenger has the philosophy down to a tee. That has never been a problem. The football is good, although perhaps not as good as previous years.
I strongly believe that Arsenal will improve as a football team this term and with Steve Bould as assistant manager, Arsene Wenger will have someone who will focus on defence and give him a different outlook on tactics.
If I was an Arsenal fan, I would be very optimistic looking at the players in the squad and the mix of characters Wenger has at his disposal.
It's a difficult start to the season, but if Arsenal can start well at home against Sunderland and carry momentum past Liverpool and into the Chelsea and Man City games, we could see something special.
If Arsenal set a target not to lose any of the first six games by hook or by crook, then they will have a strong base to challenge for honours.
In my eyes, the Premiership is a possibility, and a good cup run is a definite certainty.
If I had an issue, it would be that we could have picked some better friendlies and got some more action out of the new boys.
Perhaps Wenger is waiting to unveil them on the big stage.
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