What Do Arsenal Need To Do To Win The EPL?
It was a season of disappointment for The Gunners last term, with many demanding that Arsene Wenger’s contract not to be renewed. A lot of fans seem to be of the opinion that Arsenal won’t make progress whilst the Frenchman is still at the helm and they made their feelings known throughout the campaign.
The real cause for concern was the fact that the North London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. All that is in the past though and everyone starts with a clean slate. So the question is, what do Arsenal need to do to win the English Premier League title? Is it even a realistic possibility?
The acquisition of Alexandre Lacazatte is a great start for Arsenal. The Frenchman will score goals and as seen in the Community Shield final, he fits nicely into the new three at the back system that Wenger seems to be deploying. Keeping Lacazette fit is vital. The Gunners now have strength in depth in their front line, with Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, all offering something different.
Alexis Sanchez is integral to how Arsenal perform. His goals and overall contribution over recent times have probably carried the team to be fair. There are question marks over his future as it appears the Chilean wants a move away from The Emirates but Wenger assured fans he will be an Arsenal player after the transfer window closes and this maybe it the most important thing the club can do in order to mount a title push.
One thing that stands out at Arsenal is that there just simply seems to have been a lack of pressure to succeed over the last few years. Other rival teams have spent ridiculous amounts of money and even though Arsenal have spent a bit, they’ve still been left behind. There just hasn’t seemed to be any urgency to forge a title winning side. By and large they’ve been happy to stick with what they already have or to give youth a chance. We’ve always had problem areas that needed addressing but there never seemed to be any rush. So there definitely needs to be more pressure and urgency.
I would say if Arsenal are to be serious contenders, they do need to add a bit more quality to the squad. There are players at the club who simply haven’t progressed and if they were moved on, they could be replaced by better players. The board need to spend more but it just doesn’t seem to be their way or model. The issue is, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all opening the gap between themselves and your Arsenals and Evertons and without spending, the gap may never be closed.
This point of view is shared with all reputable bookmakers like Unibet; who have Manchester City as favourites to win the English Premier League priced at 17/10, Manchester United is 33/10 and Chelsea is 7/2 third favourites. Arsenal is priced at 11/1 to actually lift the trophy; with even their bitterGI`8-9-/+rivals Tottenham (9/1) deemed as more likely to have any success in the league.
It would be great to see Arsenal really challenging once more and it isn’t impossible. If the purse strings are loosened a bit more, some quality added, with some deadwood moved on, it really could happen.