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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.
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.
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?