The case of Arsenal is a curious one and certainly not black and white.
Many fans believe that the club has been under achieving for years with a coach who seems to neglect the defensive areas of his side in favour of expensive attacking midfielders.
But others believe that Arsenal are perhaps even over-achieving by getting into the Champions League every year with so much new money and fierce competition in the English Premier League. Indeed, to win the title these days they have to hope that Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea – 3 of the world’s genuine football powerhouses – are having bad seasons.
The truth is that, until recently, Arsenal haven’t had the budget to win a title. The stadium move severely limited their purchasing power and they did brilliantly to stay in the top four every year.
But now they appear to have more clout in the market and Arsene Wenger needs to demonstrate to Arsenal fans that he still knows what he is doing. Because he patently needs to improve the solidity of his defence and defensive midfield. A world class striker and better keeper also wouldn’t go amiss.
Reports this week suggest that their are four big players on the radar. The Independent writes:
Arsenal linked with Cavani, Karius, Suarez and McCarthy
First to the midfielders. Everton’s James McCarthy would be a good choice for a midfield general. He has excellent technique, passes the ball crisply and marshals the defence brilliantly. Mario Suarez, meanwhile, is a good player but perhaps not the really top addition that Arsenal need.
The same can be said of goalkeeper Lori Karius. Arsenal need a better keeper than their current number 1 but we would rather they went for an accomplished stopper.
As for Edinson Cavani, he would make a massive difference to the club. Arsenal’s strikers have decent records against the lesser teams but we don’t think Welbeck or Giroud could change a game at the top level by scoring out of nothing in a game against Real Madrid, for example. And this is how Arsenal should be thinking in terms of new purchases now. They already have really good players. They now need a couple more great ones.