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"Arsenal Need New Players." What, Not Who?

WIGAN, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal at the DW Stadium on April 18, 2010 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Reuben SmithCorrespondent IApril 21, 2010

After another disappointing, but not pointless season, it is clear that we need new players. Nobody is arguing, even Wenger admits it. The question is who and of what type.

There have been countless articles written, about who Arsenal should buy, all the players mentioned would no doubt add a different dimension to the squad.

The main positions being talked about are: goalkeepers, centre-backs, defensive- midfielders, and strikers.

We have a very good squad, with loads of potential, we must not forget that, but new players are a must.

I am in no way talking about starting over; Wenger has worked with a lot of our players for many years, helping the younger ones to develop into potential world-class players. And if they stay together their future is bright; try looking at the sun.

So, we have a good squad, and certain players need to be added, but what type of players are required?

Experience, or more high-quality young players?

Adding old players to the squad would give us this 'experience,' but as we have seen, Wenger likes bringing in younger players, with potential by the bucket load.

Do we really need a bunch of 26-30-year-olds to 'harden up' the team, and provide the 'guts' needed on a big night?

No we don't, we don't need to buy superstars, or experienced veterans; we just need depth. And we need our key-players to stay fit.

We don't need to change our starting line-up at all, (when I say starting line-up I mean one without injury.)

The problem this season is that we had was we never consistently been able to start with our preferred starting line-up.

If we had, I agree wholeheartedly with Samir Nasri; we would be winning the league, and would still be in the Champion’s League.

We have an amazing team; but this season, our key-players, as well as their deputies were injured.

We will probably never again have a season decimated this badly by injuries. But just to be sure, a little depth would not hurt.

We don’t need superstars; just reliable, sturdy replacements. This will ensure we are a force to be reckoned with for entire seasons, and for many seasons to come.

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