Lukas Podolski has revealed the Arsenal squad are determined to break their long period without trophies, as they enter into the Barclays Premier League with the longest serving current manager in the top flight of England.
Sir Alex Ferguson created a new dimension around Manchester United, and his presence was felt not only in the United dugout, but also that of the opposition. Now that the Scot has finally called it a day, Arsene Wenger takes over the baton of the most experienced manager in the league. The Frenchman has lead the Gunners on 954 occasions in all competitions, and has proved to be a master tactician in Europe.
Wenger has finally been given the clearance by the club board to spend a considerable amount in transfers, and the manager has been busy moving out some players who have not been contributing to the side over the past few seasons. Players like Andrey Arshavin, Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Squillaci and Vito Mannone have been let go by the club or are being let go, in an attempt to revamp the first team squad into a blend of experience and consistently performing youth.
The goalkeeping position looks like it will be strengthened, Yaya Sanogo hs been added on a free transfer and a striker is surely to be signed any day now, with numerous other transfers being discussed in the media, so it looks like Mr Wenger is doing his bit to add quality to the squad.
According to the DailyMail, Podolski, who was signed by Wenger last year, believes the Gunners have what it takes to be on top of the league. He also is confident in his own abilities, when asked about new signings increasing competition for places. When asked about competition in the League, Podolski said, “The hope is that this season Arsenal will be at the top of the league. English football, thankfully, is not like Spain where you only have two teams – Barcelona and Real Madrid – who fight at the top.”
“In the Premier League, you have five, six, even seven top, top teams. It’s very difficult but I know that Arsenal are one of those top teams who will be involved.”
So Podolski thinks the Gunners are in the frame for the title. Do you agree with the German striker or do you think he is being overly optimistic?