Arsenal: Do the Gunners need new signings to win silverware next season?

After securing the signature of YAYA Sanogo, the Gunners’ faithful were expecting the club to add more quality to the squad, in a bid to challenge for title honors next season. And recently, they were heavily with a mega move for Madrid’s front-man Higuain. But unfortunately, the striker opted for a transfer to Italian out-fit Napoli.

Still, the Gunners are still heavily linked with Mr. Controversy, Luis Suarez, as the club looks determined to sign a big-man upfront.

Although, Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger is reported to have poured cold water on the possibility of the club completing the move anytime soon, even despite Liverpool’s reluctance to sell.

He told the Daily Mirror:

’We are ready to do quick deals but all the transfers do not depend only on us, but we are prepared to wait. It looks unlikely before the Emirates Cup. We still have a strong squad but we are there on the market to try to strengthen our team. With or without additions we can be title challengers next season.’’

And his last words are certainly true, especially when you remember the clubs roller coaster journey last season to end the trophy drought predicament:

Last season’s signings produced scintillating performances, and in fact, should have been rewarded with a shiny trophy if the team hadn’t been careless in all departments – citing the Capital One Cup as an example.

Losing to Bradford was totally unacceptable. In a game where you would expect Arsenal to open the floodgates early, especially when you compare the quality in both teams starting-lineup. They stuttered and only had themselves to blame as they lost on penalties and were eventually knocked.

There was no question the team had the sheer quality to lift the Capital One Cup last season. And even more embarrassing, their FA Cup exit was quite similar. This time, a Rovers side visited the emirates. Quality and home crowd advantage wasn’t enough obviously, they slumped in similar fashion and crashed out of the tournament.

Predictably, the UCL adventure was quite tasking. You need world class signings to win a trophy like that. And that proved true in the first leg of the tie against Bayern as Arsene’s men were beaten all over the pitch. But surprisingly, the second leg uprooted a different story, as Bayern had to hang on to qualify for the next round despite having a good lead in the first leg.

Yes, I agree that you need quality signings to compete at the big stage, and win trophies. But it’s never always the case. If the team had avoided certain errors last season, maybe, just maybe, the issue of quality in the Arsenal team would have been a side story.


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  1. Faj

    July 28, 2013 at 14:01

    jesus christ!
    Have you been out in the burning sun all day without your hat?
    Title challengers my a##

  2. arsenal-steve

    July 28, 2013 at 14:29

    The Arsenal I watched in every game last season were shaky and erratic in most games. One can imagine they will challenge for the league, but that’s different to actually challenging in the real world. Without improving the team they will not win a thing. It’s just a headtrip…fantasy. The big teams are better than us, and we rarely beat them. Without strengthening how will we beat them? Anything can happen in your head. Out there in reality we will need some better players.

    • femi4arsenal

      July 28, 2013 at 20:03

      exactly my point.

  3. Dog

    July 28, 2013 at 14:45

    Wise up.

  4. Langat wa kenya

    July 28, 2013 at 19:35

    Arsenal should only add Suarez and one centre-back.and use ox in the as attacking midfielder.

  5. arsenal-steve

    July 28, 2013 at 20:46

    The answer to that depends if you have watched the team. The answer from those of us who watched every game. We need to buy to win silverware. It can be seen empirically we are not strong enough. Plus we only have 19 playable firt tewam players since our clerar out. In a 60 game season that’s nearly 40 games each man. With injuries and suspensions that is an impossible workload. We need another 3-5 players for it to be scientifically possible to win silverware.
    For those who don’t watch every game. Your conceptual mental fantasies can make you believe anything you like, but what is certain. The club will NOT win silverware without some new players. Not because our players aren’t good enough, but because we wont have enough playable players for all the games.