With Arsenal currently searching for a new manager to take over the reins from the legendary Arsène Wenger, it is fair to say that the club’s owners have a busy summer with several important decisions lying ahead.
Whoever is given the huge task of filling Wenger’s shoes will then be tasked with restoring the Gunners to their former glories, a task that the club’s fans will demand is completed almost immediately.
A return to the very top end of the Premier League might well be a bridge too far in the new manager’s first season in North London, but the hope if not the expectation will be that Arsenal can finish in the top four and subsequently be rewarded with Champions League football once more.
The past two campaigns have seen Arsenal finish fifth and sixth in the Premier League, with their progress seemingly being halted, while the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea have become the dominant clubs in London.
Arsenal’s away form in 2018 was nothing short of woeful, and if you were to bet online at Stakers.com and back Arsenal to win on the road since the turn of the year, you would have been mostly out of pocket.
Although there have been three FA Cup victories in the past five seasons, if anything they only really papered over the cracks – with many in the belief that it was those domestic trophies that allowed Wenger to stay in the job for so long.
With a new manager soon to be installed, it will mark a new chapter at the club. This man, whoever he will be, will certainly have his own ideas as to how to take the club forward – ideas that will not only be in the way of tactics and formations but also in terms of player personnel. It’s quite apparent that Arsenal are going to need to spend in the summer, otherwise they risk being left further behind.
Whether this also means that there are sweeping changes remains to be seen, but any new manager will want to put his own stamp on the club and quickly.
Wenger’s legacy will hang over the club for a long time, and it also gives the next incumbent an almost impossible task, one similar to what David Moyes faced when he took charge of Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson.
Quite simply, they are impossible shoes to fill, so in a sense there is no point trying. This in turn means that the next Arsenal boss is going to have to do things his own way if they are to be competing for the big prizes once more.
Before his departure, Wenger said that the club only needed two or three more signings in the summer to really be able to mount a title challenge. In fairness, they will need a few more if that is to be the case.
If the board makes a war chest available, then there is every chance that Arsenal can be revived next season, but if the funds don’t materialize, Gunners fans may well have to prepare for more of the same.
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