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Stuart Hynd: Forget Finishing Above Spurs, Arsenal Still Have A Lot to Fix

Stuart Hynd: Forget Finishing Above Spurs, Arsenal Still Have A Lot to Fix

This season was supposed to belong to Arsenal, especially with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City off form for lengthy periods.

Instead, 2015/16 will be remembered for Leicester City doing the unthinkable and winning the Premier League title with a team made of journeymen, hard-workers and supremely talented footballers.

And while its a great story and one which can only make the English game more competitive, it simply shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

Arsenal were in poll position over the Christmas period and their key players looked unstoppable heading into 2016… before they remembered they are Arsenal players and don’t do title run-ins.

They may have managed to somehow finish above Tottenham in the Premier League but don’t be fooled: a lot needs to happen before the Gunners are transformed into serious contenders next season.

 

Here’s just a few things that spring to mind…

1. Sort out the ‘Wenger Situation’

As an Arsenal supporter, it pains me to call for the most successful manager in my club’s history to leave the Emirates.

But I’m struggling to see any other option after yet another season where the team failed to capitalise on a strong start to the season, looked disinterested for large chunks of games and were plagued by injuries thanks to an unbalanced squad.

I’ll never be the type of fan to discredit Wenger’s achievements by mocking him on social media, but something does need to change if the club are to compete at the highest level of the game – where they undoubtedly belong given Arsenal’s European and domestic pedigree.

If Wenger does stay, the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis and the owner Stan Kroenke have to push him to spend.

If Wenger leaves, Gazidis and Kroenke must pick his successor very carefully – just look at the state Manchester United are in.

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