Wenger promises 2 or 3 new signings, but is it enough?

In the wake of last Mondays defeat at Blackburn, a new poll was added to the official Arsenal website to the effect of the headline above. A majority of 87% believe that Arsene Wenger needs more than just three new faces to reinvigorate his side and to prepare them for a fresh onslaught on the dominance of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Given our unexpected challenge for the title, it would’ve been interesting to see the response if the same question had been asked before the Tottenham game.
I personally believe that the squad, with the addition of a goalkeeper, a new centre back and Chamakh, would be perfectly equipped to challenge the monopoly that Chelsea and United hold on the Premier League title
This of course, comes with the assumption that Sol Campbell and William Gallas will sign new contracts, and in the hope that the injury problems that have plagued the side will relent. Unfortunately for us, the latter is a very big if indeed.
The sides pathetic form since the loss at White Hart Lane does however mean that Wenger either needs to make those three signings particularly good ones, or add in a couple more fresh faces to appease the dissenting supporters.
The general consensus after the 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park was that, although this was a team bereft of some of its premier players, it was still one capable of beating Blackburn if they applied themselves. Unfortunately for those that had made the trip, and paid the extortionate £35 ticket price, very few players treated this as anything more than an end of season exhibition match. Perhaps most galling of all is the fact that several of these players are on the fringes of the first team, and thus should be battling to leave a lasting impression in the managers mind for next season.
The 4-0 win against Fulham ensured that the ignominy of being overtaken by Spurs was never an issue on the final day of the season, but this is a side that should be looking at those ahead of them, not over their shoulders at the likes of Tottenham and Man City.
With Man Utd and Chelsea losing 7 and 6 league games respectively, and exiting the Champions League in the first knockout round, you can be sure that Ancelloti and Ferguson will both be strengthening their squads in the summer. Tottenham’s fourth place finish, and the lure of European football next season, should also see Harry Redknapp busy in the transfer market, whilst Man City are likely to spend big yet again.
Though he has assembled Championship on a shoestring budget in the past, Wenger now needs to recognise that the game of football has changed. Nobodies expecting a £200 million spending spree a la Man City and Real Madrid, but what this squad does require is proven quality. Three £10 million players of proven quality, whilst retaining our current assets would represent significant progress from the squad that limped unconvincingly to third place.
One constant in all successful sides is a top class goalkeeper. Man Utd and Chelsea boast two of the leagues finest stoppers in Edwin Van Der Sar and Petr Cech, whilst the European giants (Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid) have equally excellent number one’s. The problem that Arsene Wenger faces is that, naturally, most of the worlds finest keepers are at the biggest clubs. Gianluigi Buffon is an exception, and with his Juventus side failing to qualify for either European competition next season, the Italian may be open to a move to North London. You can expect perennial spenders Man City to also be sniffing around, but the 32 year old may be reluctant to move to a club that is still very much a work in progress at a late stage in his career.
Lyon’s Hugo Lloris and City’s Joe Hart are also names that have been banded around in connection with the club but again, I’m not holding my breath. Whilst Mancini is unlikely to sell the Premier League goalkeeper of the season to one of his sides rivals, Lyon are in a secure financial situation and thus in no need to sell.
In a week that David Cameron has taken a giant step towards achieving the Conservatives dreams of change, Wenger and the Arsenal board must also recognise the shift that is taking place in the Premier League. With the big clubs poised to spend big once the transfer window reopens, the Frenchman must abandon his stubborn ways if the Gunners are to end their five year barren run.

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