Arsene Wenger’s decision to stay at Arsenal and sign a new two-year deal brings to the end a season-long saga over whether he would still be at the club next year.
It is open to debate whether the news was universally welcomed as it is obvious that there is a large section of the Gunners’ faithful that want a change in the dug-out.
But they have the Frenchman for at least another two seasons and will have to get behind him and the players to close the sizeable gap to the leaders.
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Wenger now knows that, after last season’s unrest, he cannot rest on his laurels and, without Champions League football, it will be tough to lure the really big names to the Emirates over the summer.
There is no doubt that he needs to recruit but just bringing in a host of new faces to bolster the squad is not the Wenger way.
The veteran tactician has always stressed that he will only sign players who improve his squad but how is he going to attract anyone of the class of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil?
Both players’ futures are up in the air and the club must work quickly to secure them on new deals.
Getting the pair to put pen to paper on fresh terms would certainly be a boost as, on top form, they are undoubtedly the players who can make a real difference to a game.
Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé is one of the hottest properties in European football at present and Arsenal have been linked with the 18-year-old France international.
Unfortunately, so have most of the biggest clubs and, with the principality outfit in no rush to sell, it may be forlorn hope that he will ever be seen in north London.
It would be a major coup if the youngster came to the club but fans should not hold their breath on this one.
Olivier Giroud scored 12 Premier League goals last season but spent many games on the bench and it seems obvious that Arsenal need a new striker.
Whether the Frenchman stays only time will tell but he appeared frustrated with a lack of playing time and may well seek pastures new.
Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with the club many times before and he would certainly be a player that would enthuse the Gunners’ faithful, but why would the Argentina international want to leave Juventus?
Similarly, Paris saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani is always mentioned when talking about possible Arsenal signings but has recently stated that he wants to return to Napoli and is now the wrong side of 30.
Arsenal have a history of signing African players and have been mentioned as possible suitors for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 27-year-old Gabon international is prolific in front of goal and is not at one of the really top European clubs, while Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is another in-demand hit-man that has been spoken about.
Talented left-back Sead Kolasinac will join from German club Schalke and it is good news that Wenger is looking to do his business early in the transfer window, but it is at the other end of the pitch that he must recruit well to get the fans back on side and quell the unrest.
He can be a frustrating manager at times, refusing to bow to fans’ and pundits’ pressure, but, with participation in the Europa League a constant reminder of last season’s woes, the next couple of months are going to be crucial to how the season plays out.