Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the Gunners can challenge for the title next season with his current squad (as long as they stay fit) along with the hopeful addition of FC Cologne striker Lukas Podolski.
The Gunners have experienced a massive revival in recent weeks winning seven Premier League games on the trot with many pin-pointing the resurgence down to the return and consistent appearances of our first-choice back five (Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermalen, Gibbs).
With Arsenal plagued by injury throughout this campaign, including an extended period without any full-backs available and the blow of Jack Wilshere’s long-term injury, the Gunners have endured a couple of slumps in this campaign which is simply one to many if you are to challenge for the title according to Wenger.
Wenger was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail:
I just felt we had two weak periods in the season and you can only afford one. I knew when we were 17th (in August) that we cannot afford any weak periods anymore, so when that happened in January it was very difficult.
If you look at the circumstances of the (second) blip it was down to the fact we had no full backs. Overall since October, since the team has gelled, we are not on too bad a run.Man City have had the opposite; they started in the way we are now. It is difficult for everyone to maintain that.
Yes (we want Podolski), because we want to add some offensive strikers, because many times people say we rely too much on Van Persie, which is true, but if we can find world-class players, we will (challenge for the title).
With much speculation over the future of Podolski and whether he has already signed an agreement or not still remains to be confirmed. Arsene has already commented on the proposition saying that ‘it could happen soon, it could happen later, I don’t know’, although he has confirmed that the deal is not yet wrapped up. Other sources state the German has just undergone a medical in Germany and an official announcement of his departure will be made net week.
At any rate the addition of Podolski to Arsenal would definitely ease the goal-scoring burden on Arsenal’s captain and talisman Robin van Persie and also provides more incentive for the Dutchman to stay. Hopefully it becomes official soon!
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What do you guys think has been the primary reason behind Arsenal’s revival? Have the team matured from recent seasons? Is it because the team now has the ability to win ugly? Feel free to leave a comment below!