Summer transfer windows are starting to become all to familiar for Arsenal fans in recent years.
Each year they begin filled with hope for the future, with fans expecting it to be the year that Arsene Wenger finally starts to to spend big, and brings in the quality players needed for a sustained title challenge.
However, now with just two weeks to go, just one major player has been signed in Granit Xhaka, and it looks like Arsenal are set for yet another disappointing campaign.
Transfers are, of course, just one part of a detailed list of tasks that Arsene Wenger must sort through in order to achieve success at Arsenal over the next nine months, and he is running out of time to get it done.
With the Premier League fast approaching, what else does Arsene Wenger need to fire Arsenal back to the top?
Here are THREE things that Arsene Wenger MUST do to turn Arsenal in to title contenders once again…
This is a big one, and with time running out – it is an immediate issue.
Arsenal at present have zero fit central defenders. Zero. And the Premier League season stars in less than two weeks time.
Games are going to come fit and fast one the season begins, and Wenger must have enough squad depth to see him through the year. Not having enough central defenders could cost the side, and it will be the difference between a title challenge and a Europa league challenge.
There are a host of players out there and available; Wenger just needs to look for them.
Without sorting out this issue, it could be curtains for the Arsenal title challenge.
What do you do with Theo Walcott?
Woefully out of form for years now, Walcott still somehow finds himself in the Arsenal first team setup, much to the annoyance of the Arsenal faithful – and his role in the squad is now beginning to hamper how his side performs.
Not in the sense that he isn’t good enough, he has all the talent – instead it must be decided what role Theo is going to play in the side.
Last season he seemed to switch from striker to winger every other week, and this not only does not allow him to solidify his role in the side, but it also puts off everybody around him in the side. On top of this, if he isn’t going to play up front – Arsenal desperately need a back up striker, taking the weight off of Olivier Giroud.
His future has been up in the air too, and this situation is not good for anybody.
Wenger needs to decide whether he is staying or leaving, and if he stays he must decide where he will play. On his day, there are few better players than Theo – but he needs a position and he needs to stick to it.
For all of Arsene Wenger’s positive traits, of which he has many, there is one particularly bad one that has been at fault for a number of his failures in recent years. His inability to adapt to any given scenario.
Make no mistake, Arsene Wenger has made a living and had a very successful tenure as manager from his ability on the sidelines, nobody is disputing that – but management is evolving and Arsene Wenger must not get stuck in his old ways.
Too many times have Arsenal struggled in a game, only for the side to come out after half time completely unchanged. Arsene Wenger is simply too stubborn, and believes in his methods too much – and it is causing his side to struggle as a result.
He must adapt and change to the situation at hand. He has no choice – otherwise he will face yet another trophy-less season at the helm.