5 Ways Arsene Wenger Can Make Arsenal Fans Happy Next Season
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The 2012-13 season has been predominantly painful for Arsenal fans. Although they seem on course to qualify for the Champions League yet again, the trophy cabinet will remain bare.
Arsene Wenger has one year remaining on his contract, and if he wants to appease Arsenal fans there are several changes he will need to make.
Go to the next slide to discover how Arsene Wenger can win back the affection and admiration of the Arsenal supporters.
Sign a Star Striker
Stefan Jovetic could move to Arsenal from Fiorentina.
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Arsenal fans have taken to Olivier Giroud. They admire his power, his hard work and his undoubted ability to bring others in to play. There are few better at receiving the ball with their back to the goal and linking up with teammates.
However, try as he might, Giroud has been unable to banish the ghost of Robin van Persie.
Arsenal fans crave a marquee player to strike fear in to the hearts of the opposition. A striker of such calibre that his mere presence on the team sheet will make defenders quake.
The arrival of either player would immediately lift the supporters' spirits and restore their faith in the club's ambition.
Name a New Captain
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It has not been a good first season as Arsenal captain for Thomas Vermaelen.
After inheriting the armband from Robin van Persie, the Belgian's form has declined. Arsene Wenger kept faith with his captain for too long, resulting in the damaging derby day defeat at Tottenham, where Vermaelen was at fault for both Spurs goals.
Since then, Vermaelen has found himself on the substitutes bench.
It's time for Arsene Wenger to appoint a new captain, someone guaranteed to play every game when fit and understands the values of the club. Wenger must choose someone with a dogged fighting spirit who will defend the club to the last.
There is one obvious choice: Jack Wilshere.
Replace Abou Diaby
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Arsene Wenger's faith in Abou Diaby is admirable.
The Arsenal manager has backed Diaby through a myriad of injury problems, and identified the lanky midfielder as the successor to Alex Song when the Cameroon international moved to Barcelona last summer.
However, after Diaby's latest injury setback, it is surely time to move on.
Arsenal require a defensive midfielder who is capable of playing more than a few games on the trot. Wenger must identify that player and sign them to the squad. Toulouse' Etienne Capoue, linked by the Telegraph, would certainly fit the bill.
Sadly, Diaby simply can not be relied upon any more.
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2005 was a long time ago.
The last time Arsene Wenger lifted a major piece of silverware above his head, Pascal Cygan was on his playing staff.
Arsenal fans have been starved of success for the past decade or so, and are absolutely desperate to celebrate a trophy again.
2014 could be Arsene Wenger's last chance to win something with Arsenal.
Carefully Consider His Own Future
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The 2013-14 season is the last one on Arsene Wenger's current contract.
Arsenal supporters are in two minds over Wenger's future: there are those who still have absolute faith in Wenger, and others who believe his best years are behind him.
The Frenchman has long insisted he will know when his time with the club is up, and he will know that next season is essentially an audition for a renewed contract.
Arsenal fans will put their faith in Wenger to make the right decision about whether or not this will be his final season at Arsenal's helm.