Arsenal FC: 5 Small Steps to Turn the Gunners into 2012 Double Winners

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Arsenal FC: 5 Small Steps to Turn the Gunners into 2012 Double Winners
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Prior to the start of the season few gave Arsenal any hope of winning the league. With Chelsea and Manchester United still looking strong and with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool improving over the summer, it was expected of Arsenal to fight for the third spot.

While Arsenal might yet finish third they also have a chance of winning the league despite it being a slim chance. They are currently six points behind United but with the Red Devils still to play Chelsea and Arsenal, the Gunners can still sneak the trophy.

But their recent form means that they might end up finishing either second or third and in the process contending for another promising but eventually trophiless season.

But it wasn’t always looking like this. At one point it seemed Arsenal would end their trophy drought with them playing Birmingham City in the finals of the Carling Cup. But it was not to be.

That loss proved to be the turning point of Arsenal’s season that at one showed promises of a ridiculous quadruple. The loss to Birmingham was followed by eliminations from the Champions League and the FA Cup at the hands of Barcelona and Manchester United respectively.

This followed by Arsenal’s indifferent form in the league which has seen them drop to third, six points behind United with a mere five games see them staring at another barren season.

This season could have been the season that Arsenal achieved so much if they hadn’t squandered leads on so many different occasions. But next season with all the teams including Liverpool and Manchester United set to undergo massive changes in personnel, Arsenal will have to be at their best to win a trophy.

Under Arsene Wenger Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and four FA Cup titles the last one being the FA Cup Arsenal won in 2005.

The one trophy missing from the cabinet is the UEFA Champions League with the closest Arsenal ever came being back in 2006 when they lost to Barcelona in the finals after they were reduced to 10 men.

Arsene Wenger has always said that not winning the Champions League remains his biggest regret and he will be desperate to win the trophy soon.

This season while it may end in disappointment has nevertheless been promising with many players like Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott among those showing great promise.

Arsene Wenger has hinted that there will be no massive changes in the squad but there will be some changes in personnel and the squad will be strengthened in the summer.

Arsenal will be desperate to end their trophy drought and they will be aiming to go all the way in the two main competitions they participate, the Premier League and the Champions League.

Completing the double is going to be no easy task and if Arsenal are to do this they will have to be at their very best and will need to spend in the transfer marker and it will require them to perform at their best throughout the season.

So here is a look at the five things that Arsenal need to do this summer to convert from underachievers to Double winners. 

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