Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to be specific is well known for being a bit cautious in the transfer market in recent years. The Frenchman who has been operating on a very tight budget since the construction of Arsenal’s state of the art stadium, is forced to carefully analyze all his transfer targets and negotiate thoroughly on transfer fees in order to get the best talents at bargain prices.
This season however Wenger seems to be having the financial backing of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and is looking to build a team which can be capable of challenging for titles next season.
Here are five issues Arsene and his team should address in order to ensure a successful campaign ahead.
The life of an Arsenal fan requires patience, an open mind, belief and did I mention patience? Every season turns into an emotional roller coaster, but unfortunately for Arsenal fans, that emotional roller coaster has been unable to reach anything more appealing than a Champions League spot in the last eight years.
Once again, the 2012/13 campaign is coming down to the wire, and Arsenal fans are hoping their North London neighbors will once again throw away what once looked to be a commanding and comfortable lead.
On paper, Arsenal has more than enough talent to brush aside a team like Reading with ease, but that can be much easier said than done. Looking at their previous two meetings this season, Arsenal should enjoy a high scoring affair, but with Nigel Adkins now in charge, things could be different.
Just when everyone expected Arsenal to show up at the Allianz Arena, put out 11 players and get laughed out of Munich, the Gunners managed to put on a brilliant performance in front of thousands of Munich fans who were left confused, yet relieved that the German side still went through.
If someone had thrown out the idea of the Gunners being the first team to defeat Bayern at home, while keeping a clean sheet, no one would buy into it. But, to the surprise of many, Arsene Wenger's side bounced back with a very solid defensive performance, along with a final five minutes which could have seen Arsenal pull off what many believed to be impossible after the first leg defeat.
The Gunners will return to league play on Saturday as they will visit the Liberty Stadium for the second time this season. On January 6th, the two teams met in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Danny Graham providing late heroics for the Swans, forcing a replay at the Emirates.
Arsenal's season started with three consecutive clean sheets, something that really impressed their fans. Could it be possible that Steve Bould's presence on the coaching staff could finally have figured out Arsenal's defensive problems? Well, Bould's presence can and should sort things out at the back for Arsenal, but it will take some time.
When Arsenal took the field on Wednesday, they knew very well that it was going to take a near perfect performance to pull off a historic comeback at the Allianz Arena.
A 0-2 lead in the 85th minute for the Gunners was not only impressive from the offensive side of things, but who would have thought that Arsenal would hold the Bavarian's scoreless after 85 minutes? Not many people would have bet on that, but the truth is that they did it, and came away from Munich with a clean sheet.
The morning after a defeat is always a good time to sit and think about what contributed to the loss. For Arsenal fans, they woke up to pictures of Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere plastered all over the newspapers and sports websites. Not surprising, but, now more than ever, fans and neutrals are calling for Wenger to leave.
One important question to ask is whether or not Arsene Wenger is the main problem, let alone the only problem.
Responsible for putting out the best options, Wenger is in charge of that, but he is not able to dictate what decisions the players make while on the pitch.
Ahead of Arsenal's match against Brighton for the FA Cup, Arsenal fans were ecstatic with the thought of Jack Wilshere leading the London side out onto the pitch.
He had already captained the side mid-week against West Ham, but that was only due to the fact that Thomas Vermaelen was substituted in the second half.
On Saturday, the England International only came on in the 68th minute to replace Tomas Rosicky, not giving him the chance to lead his team out, just yet.
Since Wilshere got the chance to wear the armband against West Ham, many fans and football analysts have been questioning if the midfielder should be the primary captain.