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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Arsenal look to end drought

It’s been a long five years since Arsenal won any silverware. This could be the most important season in a long time for Arsene Wenger. Although Arsenal are widely regarded to be one of the most attractive teams in world football, trophies have failed to follow the plaudits. With Cesc Fabragas’s future far from clear, if Arsenal are to have any hope of keeping their best players they need to challenge for honours this season.

Those planning on betting premier league money on Arsenal should note that they will have one of the Premiership’s youngest squads this season. A lot of the young squad have been playing together for five years though through the youth set-up into the first team.

Wenger will be hoping that they will be able to challenge Chelsea, Manchester United and now Manchester City. With the quality of the youth set-up at the Emirates, Wenger very rarely spends heavily on players.

This summer has seen the arrival of Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux on a free transfer. The arrival of the Moroccan striker meant that Eduardo was allowed to leave for Shakhtar Donesk.

The only other signing has been the capture of centre back Laurent Koscielny from FC Lorient. With Phillipe Senderos, Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Sol Campbell all leaving meaning defensive numbers are low.

If Arsenal are to challenge this season and if those betting championship medals will come their way are to be justified, Wenger may have to invest further on defensive options and a new keeper.

Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski both failed to inspire confidence between the sticks last season. This will be one of Wenger’s most important decisions.

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