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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Can Arsenal end the hurt?

Arsenal have endured six years without winning any silverware but Jack Wilshere reckons they are only one or two faces short of being real Premier League title contenders for the coming season.

The young midfielder has seen Arsene Wenger sing Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson during the summer transfer window so far, but more worrying for Wilshere and the Gunners fans is who might leave.

Gael Clichy has left for Manchester City, while Samir Nasri continues to be heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates to City or their rivals Manchester United. People looking at the football betting will be wondering what's going on.

Add onto this the fact constant speculation regarding Cesc Fabregas leaving to rejoin boyhood idols Barcelona refuses to go away and it looks like the Gunners captain could be on his way before the season starts.

Arsenal have not won anything since 2004 and that remains a constant source of ridicule from rivals fans and discussion among football fans and pundits. The football odds show they will challenge again, but they need to find something extra.

Wilshere claims the Gunners "have to win things this year" if they want that monkey off their back and, despite possibly losing two of their stars, he reckons a couple of new faces could mean Arsenal lifting the Premier League title come the end of the season.

"If we had a few more faces we could really push on. If we get a few more players we can really challenge for the title," Wilshere claims.

"Around March and April we have to stay really strong. We are confident we can be up and around it then so we have to remain strong at that crucial time."

Arsenal were booed by their own fans as they failed to win the Emirates Cup at their own ground in front of their own supporters at the weekend – which does not bode well for Wilshere's prediction they can win the Premier League title.

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