Arsenal’s success next season depends on who is signed this summer; this is the opinion of Gunners legend Ian Wright.
The former Arsenal hit man is looking forward to this summer with the hope that the signings add genuine quality to the team. The club has been linked with moves for Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini while moves for Julio Cesar, Ashley Williams and Gonzalo Higuain are believed to be close to completion.
Despite the positive start to Arsenal’s summer, Wright thinks it will be hard to bring the best players to the Emirates with the power of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The news that Denilson, Seb Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin are set to leave this summer has pleased the former striker making more room for summer arrivals.
Ian told Sky Sports “[Any new player] needs to be the calibre of player that’s going to want to come to Arsenal and take them to the next level, I think we’ve got the money but who wants to come here when we haven’t won anything for eight years?”
Wright remains skeptical ahead of Arsenal’s summer plans and reason to as previous summers have taught him. Arsenal are always linked with good players but they normally end up somewhere else. Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze and Juan Mata were all reportedly chased by Wenger but ended up at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively. When Wenger has managed to sign his targets, they have sometimes failed as Arshavin and Gervinho can demonstrate.
Last summer’s signings of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla gave the club some hope that Wenger can still find the players to improve the squad and with an even bigger budget at their disposal, they are hoping he can do the same again.
Ian Wright thinks the fact Arsenal are trophyless for eight years added with the success of their rivals could still hinder the club in the transfer market. “It is going to be really tough for them, but all you can do is keep supporting, you’ve got to keep hoping and keep four fingers crossed that they are going to do something and players will come in there and perform.”