The Gunners have been extremely inconsistent this season and despite having a good team on paper, have failed to live up to expectations yet again.
As well as inconsistency, Arsenal also lack the personnel required to be at the top and many would agree that quality additions comprising of a striker, defensive midfielder and centre-back would be ideal for next season.
Arteta is quoted as saying by ESPN Soccernet:
The Champions League is massive. If we don’t get in those (top four) spots, then it makes everything much more difficult. To any team with top players, you have to ask what’s going to happen in this answer and there’s only one answer: we want to improve the team.
To see the club and the supporters, they’ve been through a difficult period over the last seven or eight years because it’s a very competitive club and everyone wants to see the club at the top.
The line between being good and bad is really thin. It’s not easy for anyone, not the manager, the players or the staff. We have a very good team but we are missing that little thing which makes a difference.
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That’s where we need to find the key, but with 10 games to go, it’s an impossible catch (the title chasers) and that, for me, is not acceptable. I think everybody knows that. I think the board knows that and hopefully this summer we’ll do something about it.
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the players starting voicing their frustrations and it is now clear that at least some players are realistic and know the team needs strengthening to compete at the top.
The question now however is whether it will be too little, too late once the summer rolls around. The lure of the Champions League is usually vital to rope in kind of quality talent, particularly at Arsenal where a ‘socialist’ wage structure is employed.
You certainly feel that Champions League qualification is essential for the future of the club, but in saying that there is no guarantee that Arsene/the board will change their ways and finally splash some cash. For the clubs sake I hope that incoming players have already proven themselves at the top level.
What do you guys think? Will Arsenal make the Champions League? Do you think the disappointments this season will finally spark Arsenal into action in the transfer market? Feel free to leave a comment below!