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Saving Arsenal

Updated on April 23, 2013
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It's been 7 years without a trophy and another lackluster year puts Arsenal Football Club in a rough situation. Do they stick with Wegner and hope that their youth comes through or splash the cash over the summer? Without a doubt this will be the most important summer for Arsenal in the Premier League Era, so here are some suggestions to bring the Gunners back on track.

1. Sack Wegner

Since May 21st, 2005, Birmingham, Swansea, Montpellier, AJ Auxerre and Stuttgart have all won trophies, yet Arsenal still find themselves trophy-less. A Stuttgart team that won the Bundesliga in the 2006-2007 campaign had the youngest team in the Bundesliga, yet won it all, so why can't Wegner, with his famed youth and experienced players win a trophy. It all comes down to management. This current season, Arsenal's squad was valued at 250,000,000 pounds yet Everton who is just a few points back of the Gunners are valued at 120,000,000 pounds and Tottenham, who are even closer are valued at 235,000,000 pounds. As if that isn't enough, Wegner's win percentage with Arsenal is a dismal 56.86%, that's just 3% more than Rafa Benitez while at Chelsea.

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2. Sell Unneeded Players

Andrei Arshavin, Gervinho, Johan Djourou and Abou Diaby all fit into this category, eating up more than 13 million in base salary. The last time Djourou appeared in more than 20 games for Arsenal was the 2010-2011 campaign, while Diaby has been plagued by injuries and Arshavin has seen his market value drop 20 million euros while with the Gunners. Gervinho has just been plain bad. By selling or releasing these players, the club has access to more funds, and don't have fringe players on their bench or on loan. Take Chelsea and Manchester United. Between the two clubs only Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea) qualifies as a fringe player and this allows the clubs to focus on bringing better players while not worring about these fringe players. Arsenal have taken the first step by confirming that Arshavin will leave the club at the end of the 2012-2013 season, yet they still have a long way to go with Denílson and Sébastien Squillaci also qualifying as unneeded.

3. Play Bendtner Or Sell Him

While Arsenal has Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Wilshere and Podolski up front they are streaky and at times plain ineffective. Meanwhile, the Gunners let a talented striker in Nicklas Bendtner go on loan year after year. Bendtner has proven himself on the international stage far more than Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott or Wilshere, so why shouldn't he get a chance? Wegner for whoever the manager next year needs to decide wether to play Bendtner or not, and if he chooses not to play him, he needs to sell him. He is still worth a considerable amount (6.2 million euros) and should follow in the footsteps of Manchester United and Park Ji-Sung.

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4. Buy Players In Weak Positions

After the Winter transfer window shut, all Arsenal had to show for it was the left-back Nacho Monreal. In the left-back position, Arsenal already have Kieran Gibbs and Thomas Vermaelen. This may not sound like a lot, but this is a club with no true left, right or defensive midfielders. No matter what your formation is, a defensive midfielder is a necessity, especially if you have a average defensive like Arsenal has. City has Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia, Chelsea has John Obi Mikel and Oriol Romeu while Spurs have Tom Huddlestone and Kyle Walker. Blaise Matuidi, Radja Nainggolan and Esteban Cambiasso are all suitable for the Gunners. Priority should go to positions in dire need, rather than for depth. Splash the cash in 'lacking' positions, and rely on your youth where you have it.

5. Take All Competitions Seriously

Sure this backfired for Arsenal vs Bradford in the league cup, but Gervinho is to blame there. Most pundits feel that Arsenal could have easily beat Blackburn in the FA Cup if they played a quality team vs the Rovers, but instead started Francis Coquelin and Gervinho and lost a poor game. If Arsenal played a full squad, they would have faced Millwall and then Wigan in the following rounds, and would probably be in the FA Cup Final. Taking all competitions seriously (Obviously) increases chances to win a trophy, which is the goal of the game isn't it?

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      true nlazar, well, with tottenham drawing, arsenal will want to at least draw as well and not drop 3 points. Tottenham and Arsenal need chelsea to lose tomorrow.

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      It has, but like I mentioned above, he's been in great form one day, and brutal form the next day. Arsenal in general have been all over the place form-wise in the last two seasons.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      i said a top scorer not the top scorer. But his role for arsenal has been huge in the past few matches

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      Giroud is actually the 2nd top scorer at Arsenal (tied for 14th in the epl) and has seen his market value drop about 500k since joining Arsenal.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      Giroud for all the slack he gets is a top goal getter for arsenal, without him for those three games could be devastating. ManU want to beat chelsea's record, QPR will want to hurt a fellow london side, and Wigan want to stay top. None will be easy. and giroud hasnt been played a lot so that means walcott, who hasnt been played centrally a lot. The last game is against Newcastle and they are fighting as well for safety and may not have it the last game.