After a resounding comeback to win 3-1 over Norwich City on the weekend and a move into the Premier League's top four, Arsenal are seemingly back on track for a strong 2013 and summer transfer window.
The Gunners' season had been previously been marred with inconsistency and frustration, but on the back of five straight wins, the North London club have turned it around in spectacular fashion to place themselves inside the top four.
There's still plenty of work to do to remain inside the top four and win a Champions League berth for next season, but at the moment, the club are in a good position.
Especially heading into the summer transfer window.
Arsenal will reportedly have around £75 million to play with this summer (depending on a few lesser-name players being sold and Arsenal finishing in the top four). And according to those close to the Londoners, manager Arsene Wenger could be set for a big spending spree as a result.
Former vice-chairman David Dein said recently, via The Daily Mirror:
The fact is he has to strengthen the team and I know he will do that. He is one of the best managers in the world, he’s been coaching for 30 years and knows what he is doing. He knows what he wants and it’s just a question of identifying the right talent.
And whilst it still remains to be seen who the Gunners will pursue over the summer, spending big is indeed the right option for Arsenal.
Arsenal's well-known title drought has now entered its eighth year since their 2005 FA Cup success, with the club forced to sell a number of quality players throughout the past few years.
Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were both two big departures from the club, and whilst they were able to cover their departures, having some consistency and new talent coming in (rather than going out) will be a big step forward for the Londoners.
Wenger and the Gunners' board are unlikely to spend the £40-50 million that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City can for players; rather, they will continue to be shrewd with their spending and look for undervalued players who could make a serious impact at the Emirates.
Having said that, they also need to be prepared to lash out and bring in a couple of genuine stars who will have an instant impact on the squad this summer.
They did that last season with Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla. One dares not think where their team would be without that trio this year, and the Gunners must make the same sort of purchases again this summer.
Asmir Begovic, Ashley Williams and Mario Goetze have all emerged this week as potential signings over the transfer window (via the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and Daily Mirror, respectively), and with guys like Stevan Jovetic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already linked (via Metro and talksport.co.uk), Wenger clearly has plenty of options this summer.
Which players he'll end up pursuing most rigorously and who he'll bring in this summer still remains to be seen, but it's clear that the Gunners manager needs to spend big this year in order to strengthen his potential championship team for the years ahead.
After all, Arsenal didn't play well for large parts of the season, yet they finished just one goal away from the Champions League quarterfinals—and perhaps they'll finish inside the league's top four this year as well.
Imagine what they could do with an even stronger team next season.
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