A strange campaign for us is set to end as our closest season yet in terms of clinching the title in the last 10 years draws near its close.
However, it still represents a disappointing campaign given the obvious regrets which still linger and ultimately, second place is, in my opinion, essentially the first loser.
For us to realistically challenge, and win, the Premier League title, there are a number decisions Arsene Wenger must make to ensure we’re ready to compete from the first game.
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Too many times we’re left ill prepared when the league resumes in August and as we’ve seen this season, that could effectively end our chances of winning the title.
Here’s my list of challenges Wenger must tackle to finally deliver the Premier League.
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5. Identify key targets early
Whilst we’ve improved in this area over the past 18 months, if there was ever a time to display ruthlessness in the transfer market then this summer is it. This is mainly due to our squad being almost complete and with the season starting earlier than usual next term, we must move swiftly.
Too many times, as evident last summer, we’ve let the market dictate our actions. Whilst the champions-elect secured Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas’s signatures before the World Cup, we waited until after the tournament to secure our deals.