Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ celebrated in 2004 what was to be their last Premier League title, as of now. That team went unbeaten for 49 consecutive games as they romped to the top prize and is still considered to be one of the best units ever. Since then the Gunners have been largely unsuccessful, winning a couple of FA Cups and Charity Shields with the club transitioning and paying off the Emirates Stadium bills. So, what do Arsenal need to be back to their best?
A world class striker
Gone are the days of Thierry Henry, who was part of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’. He is one of the best players to have played for Arsenal, scoring 175 goals in a glittering spell. Since he left the Emirates for Barcelona in 2007, the Gunners have had a dearth of world class striking options. Oliver Giroud has shown flashes of brilliance, but lacks consistency, while Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, despite being immensely talented, cannot be relied upon to take the burden of Arsenal’s goalscoring. Alexis Sanchez has looked excellent, but he is more a winger than a ‘No.9’ and needs more support. Arsenal have been linked with a host of top drawer talents in recent transfer windows, but no move has happened. Arsenal definitely need a 20-goal-a-season striker who has an edge to his game if they are to break the jinx and get another Premier League title.
A holding midfielder
Since Francis Coquelin has been starting games for Arsenal, he has looked good. However, the young Frenchman isn’t world class and is prone to lapses in concentration. Patrick Vieira left Arsenal in 2005, and interestingly, they’ve not won an Premier League title since – he was club captain, and a true leader. Mathieu Flamini was signed to fill the void but hasn’t prospered as expected, and Arsene Wenger could do with a solid holding midfielder like Casemiro, William Carvalho or Victor Wanyama now.
A new manager
Arsene Wenger arrived on the shores of England in 1996 to manage Arsenal, and took them to great heights. However, he has won two major trophies in 10 years and is not getting any younger at 66. It is time for the Arsenal board to make a decision regarding the ageing Frenchman. They must look at a younger manager whose methods are modern and dynamic. Wenger can take a role supervising the new manager as a director.
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