Arsene Wenger has clarified that he is searching to improve the squad this summer, but believes his young, British core will provide a strong backbone to the squad this season.
The likes of Jenkinson, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott are all familiar playing with one another and collectively are going from strength to strength, even Szczesny who has been with the Gunners since he was 16-years-old provides a foundation for Arsene Wenger’s youthful squad.
The Frenchman feels his side have a chance at success this season despite no big name signing yet on their books.
Gooners are growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of movement in the transfer market with the only acquisition this summer being a free transfer of Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre (a second tier French club).
But Wenger is choosing to look at the positives, they haven’t taken a step back this summer as they continually have in the past number of years and have a solid, youthful homegrown team that will continually develop as a unit.
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He reportedly said in a press-conference:
We are still working on improving our squad, but we have a base of young players who get a chance here, who started in the Premier League, like Szczesny, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott – that is unique, nobody else has done that.
These players can have a special bond and they are on the way upwards, they are not over the hill. They will be better next year and that is why I am confident we will be stronger next season.
We had a fantastic end to the season, because we won eight of the last 10 (league) games. We have had a good pre-season and for the first time in recent seasons we have not lost (sold) any player.
Our target now is to transfer that confidence into the start of the new season and it is vital for us to have a good start.
While the Gunners have a strong foundation, it has to be said there must be at least one or two signings to really push the squad towards silverware. The bones are there, the likes of Jenkinson and Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to be more involved this season, same goes for Wilshere who has suffered harshly from injuries in recent seasons. Walcott will need to take it to the next level, he was the club’s top scorer last season, an excellent feat however he can score far more goals as his maturity in front of goal develops while his crossing must improve.
Arsenal have not taken a step back, but this was the summer where they were supposed to take a leap forward. There were plenty of strikers available on the market but yet again the Gunners failed to stump up the cash, but they bring out a new £50 away shirt and have one of the most expensive ticket prices in the country – the club wonders why fans are growing frustrated?
All is not doom and gloom as Wenger does has a strong squad, but is it enough to battle on all silverware fronts? I highly doubt it, I seriously hope with all my might that Bale leaves the Spuds this summer otherwise there is a very high chance they can top us in the league this season. They’ve bought two international-grade players in Paulinho and Soldado, now their squad is edging very close to being as strong as the Gunners.
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