Five suggestions for how Arsenal can return to winning ways and fight for trophies again.
Barring some kind of miracle away to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal look set to miss out on a trophy again this season.
The Gunners have had a huge amount of press and pressure each season as their quest for honours falls flat each year, but there are some things that could change in order to make them successful again.
Here are our top five suggestions:
1. Spend big, but wisely
Arsenal are linked with a massive spending spree each transfer window, but each seems to follow the same pattern.
The club talks up their bank balance before getting involved in a game of brinkmanship with negotiating clubs, and end up with average players at overpriced fees.
Summer 2011 was a perfect example. The Gunners brought the likes of Gervinho, Park-Chu Young, Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker, and the £6m spent on Santos in particular looks a colossal waste – the Brazilian already having been sent out on loan to Gremio and replaced by Nacho Monreal.
It’s fair to say that Arsenal have been hamstrung by their stadium move, but this summer they should finally be in a position of strength in the transfer market.
It’s time to spend on proven quality.