Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Need Marquee Signing to Contend for EPL Title

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JULY 14:  Arsene Wenger, Arsenal FC team Coach during the match between Arsenal and the Indonesia All-Stars at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on July 14, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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Expectations are on the rise for Arsenal after a strong finish to last season and high-profile offseason changes around the Premier League. In order to become serious contenders for the league title, however, they need at least one marquee signing.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea—the three clubs that finished ahead of the Gunners last season—all face question marks as new managers take the reins. While it helps open the door for Arsenal, it isn't enough to significantly shift the balance of power.

The Gunners still need to make improvements to take advantage of that uncertainty. Longtime manager Arsene Wenger said the club is working hard on potential moves but wasn't ready to mention any names, reports Mark Irwin of The Sun:

You all want me to announce a spectacular signing but I can’t do that.

We are working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the squad but I cannot give you any names.

The next Premier League season will be very interesting. Many teams can win the title.

Arsenal supporters will be happy to hear Wenger is trying to get some deals done to bolster the squad. That said, at the end of the day, talk is cheap. Unless those potential transfers turn into done deals, all the behind-the-scenes work means nothing.

The club has been linked to a couple of big names since the end of last season—Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, via the Daily Mirror and Daily Express, being the most prominent.

Both of those players represent what Arsenal needs if they're serious about making a run at the title: high-impact players who could step right into important roles within the squad and produce.

The Gunners have plenty of depth, which would only be improved as players took on different roles if a player of Rooney or Higuain's caliber were to arrive at the Emirates. Having a strong group from top to bottom is a main reason the club finished on a high note last season.

Right now, they need more star power. Players like Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta are among the myriad of players capable of keeping Arsenal in the title chase next season. They need a star or two with the ability to move them past the likes of United, City and Chelsea.

When Wenger says "spectacular signing," that's what he's talking about. A game-changer.

Whether Arsenal are seriously involved in talks for Rooney, Higuain or another elite talent is unknown, but that should definitely be the goal between now and the end of the transfer window.

Anything less and Arsenal is likely going to remain a step behind the other top clubs. Wenger has been through enough windows to understand the pressure that comes along with them, especially when expectations are rising.

He must use that experience to provide the Arsenal squad with a boost. If he does, it would be time to take the Gunners' title chances more seriously.


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