The drought is over and finally, Arsenal have a trophy, not just any but the oldest trophy in England, the FA Cup to show for their beautiful to watch football. It is certainly a relief for much maligned manager Arsene Wenger but it places a big responsibility on the Arsenal board and Wenger himself.
Now that the Gunners are back to winning ways, the fans won’t want them to stop. Even Wenger alluded to that when he said he won’t to wait that long to win another trophy for the Gunners. He has confirmed he would be signing a new 3 year contract and fans would expect it to be trophy-laden. For the board, this is the first taste of glory for most of them; Kroenke, Usmanov, Gazidis and Keswick. How do they handle it?
It is obvious that the key to maintaining the winning ways is having a good team and it takes money to build that. Arsenal have been accused in the past of not spending big in the transfer market but the argument has been the financial encumbrance placed on the club owing to the stadium debt but it seems that is no longer in existence after the Gunners spent big last summer to acquire German playmaker Mesut Ozil. It is no coincidence that in the season they spent big on a genuine world class talent, a big trophy arrived. Fans would expect more of such signings this summer. The rumoured transfer kitty of 100 million Pounds would only wet the appetite of fans for more Ozils. Not only does the board have to make the funds available, they must make sure Wenger spends it.
The other important thing that must be done is keeping the core of th team together. Sadly, both Sagna and Fabianski are almost certain to leave and Arsenal are powerless to stop them but as for the rest, the Gunners hold the ace. This is where the Arsenal board must push financial rewards to the back seat. European clubs are bound to come for some of our players a la Ramsey, Koscielny and Ozil. Wenger must not sell! The club must not allow the money to tempt them into pressuring Wenger to sell.
The team isn’t a world beater yet but not far from been that. The additions of a few top class talents here and there would bridge the gap. Arsenal have won the FA Cup this season, I believe they can win the Premier League next season. Penultimate season, the Gunners were 20 points behind champions Manchester United but last season, they were just 7 points behind City who were champions. What does this say, the Gunners have improved and with those quality additions and with the ignoble cloak of “trophylessness” out of the way, they can now play without a handbrake and win the league. The board by taking those two decisions highlighted there, they can help make that a reality.