After yet another season without a trophy, Arsenal’s eighth season in a row to be exact, you don’t have to be a sports bets pro to see why Arsenal haven’t been odds on favourite to win the league or another major trophy. However, the 2013/14 season could spell an end to Arsenal’s trophy drought as they have the foundations for an extremely bright future.
Arsenal is and has been one of the best financially run football clubs in the Premier League for quite some time. Never splashing out or paying over the odds can be seen by their record breaking club transfer fee paid for Santi Cazorla, believed to be around £16.5m. This is minimal in comparison to Manchester City, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Manchester United’s transfer fees. Their new five year shirt deal with Puma (believed to be in the region of £170m) is the biggest kit deal in English football. With a supposed £70m worth of finances being made available for transfers, Arsenal looks set to be busy during the summer transfer window.
With the likes of Wilshire, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Jenkinson, Gibbs and Coquelin being first-team regulars, the Arsenal team has an average age of about 25. The youth system in place at Arsenal is one of, if not the best system in English football and it can be said that Arsenal still places the most attractive and European-style of football as a result. With a young core, Arsenal is geared towards stability and an exciting and positive future. With the addition of Higuain all but confirmed, the Argentine international at the age of 25, has an impressive scoring record in La Liga, averaging a goal every 1.77 games, a scoring record that should set the Premier League alight.
After seeing off the rumours about possibly leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2012/13 season, he is a man of his word as he promised to respect and adhere to his contract. After Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Wenger is now the longest serving Premier League manager. With the welcoming news for Arsenal of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all changing their managers, Arsenal have something that is extremely important that the other teams don’t have: stability. This season should see Wenger stepping up his objectives and expectations for the season ahead especially with some additions and strengthening of his squad in the summer transfer window. The inconsistency of Arsenal’s young players should not be a problem next season. At the end of last season, Arsenal won eight of the last ten games and got rid of a seven-point deficit to Tottenham to capture the last remaining Champions League spot.
With the offer of Champions League football, a beautiful 68,000-seater stadium, stability, youth and one of the best managers to grace the Premier League, Arsenal is sure to attract many big name footballers to the club. The future of Arsenal is bright and should see them put up more of a challenge for the title or one of the other major trophies such as, the FA Cup or Champions League.