As long as Arsenal do not mess up the FA cup final at Wembley later we will be able to look back with a smile on the season and look forward with real optimism to next season and the hope that the Gunners will improve once again and go from winning a cup competition to becoming the best team in England once more.
While there is a good case for saying that keeping the Arsenal squad relatively injury free will be a big step to achieving this goal, there is no doubt that a few top quality signings in the summer transfer window are needed as well. So fans of the Gunners might not be exactly filled with confidence after hearing the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis give his take on the matter of transfers, reported by the Daily Express.
Gazidis said, “We’ve got a good financial position at the club, so we’re really healthy going into the summer.
“I think we can make investments. Arsene [Wenger] has said we’ve got a big and deep squad, and a top quality squad. So it’s not just turning over for the sake of turning over.
“The additions that Arsene will make will only be if we’re finding really top class players that fulfil a need that we have.
“One of the really important balances to get right this summer is yes, to improve where we can, but also to retain the cohesiveness of the team because that’s been a really important ingredient in the second half of this season; the team spirit, the cohesiveness of the group, you don’t want to destroy it.
“So it’s a delicate operation this summer to get that balance right, but I’m sure we’re going to do it. I think in the last three or four years we’ve made good decisions over the transfer windows that have proven to be good over time.
“I’m hopeful we’ll continue to do that and deliver the types of additions we need to make sure we’re in a position to compete next year.”
Now I know that this could be taken to mean that Arsene Wenger will only sign players of top quality, it does sound a little too much like what the Frenchman used to say when we were set for a meagre transfer window, like last January when we were desperate for a striker, defender and midfielder and ended up with just an injured Swede on a loan deal. And Wenger explained this by saying that he just could not find the right players.
Do you think we should worry about what Gazidis said?