Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems to be suffering from denial at the moment.
The Gunners boss has revealed he believes that his team can challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Napoli, Wenger was asked if his team could challenge Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United this season.
He said: “Yes, of course. I am confident. Why should I sit here and say to you we can absolutely not win the title with the players we have?”
To say that he is confident that his team can challenge for the title is crazy. Last season the Gunners even struggled to finish in the Champions League places last season. Wenger’s men only secured fourth place in the Premier League on the last day of the season.
Tottenham looked to be in control of the battle for fourth place last season. However, Spurs suffered a dip in form towards the end of the season, assisted by an untimely injury to star player Gareth Bale.
To say that Wenger is confident that his current squad can challenge for the Premier League title is absolutely ridiculous.
Lack of signings
I wrote an article a few weeks ago about Arsene Wenger and Arsenal’s transfer policy. A Gunners fan criticised me for saying that Arsene Wenger was ars-ing around with transfers. It was true I did not know what was going on behind the scenes at the club.
However, I do know how Arsenal and Wenger in particular, works in the transfer market. The Frenchman is very cautious on every deal and looks after every penny of the clubs money, that maybe why the Gunners still have not strengthened their squad.
The only summer signing is young French striker Yaya Sanogo. The France under-20 international arrived from Auxerre on a free transfer and is highly-rated, but he is not going to turn Arsenal into title challengers.
No matter how Arsene Wenger tries to dress it up Arsenal need to add players to their squad. Their pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has come to absolutely nothing and that looks unlikely to change in the near future.
It seems that all the Gunners transfer energy has been focused on signing the Uruguayan and no other players have arrived at the Emirates this summer. As the last few seasons have proved Arsenal desperately need to add quality to their team.
The Gunners have failed to win a trophy in eight years, which for a club the size of Arsenal is a drought. That seems unlikely to change with the current squad. Arsenal have failed to move forward in recent years and it is starting to show.
The teams that finished above the Gunners last season could be even stronger this campaign. Chelsea have Jose Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge and he seems determined to make-up for last seasons perceived failure at Real Madrid.
Manchester City have added a very good boss in Chilean Manuel Pellegrini. The Citizens have also spent over £100million strengthening their squad this summer in a bid to regain the title from rivals Manchester United this season.
Manchester United are probably the only team that finished in the top three last season that appears weaker ahead of the new campaign. However, even without new additions the United team is far stronger than Arsenal’s
If Tottenham can keep hold of Gareth Bale this summer then they will rival Arsenal for a place in the top four. Spurs have added the likes of Roberto Soldado and Paulinho to their squad for the new season and could be in for a very good season.
I believe that Arsene Wenger is slightly deluded if he thinks that Arsenal are really strong enough to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Wenger may have to say positive things about his team’s chances, but most Arsenal fans are knowledgeable enough to know the current squad are not good enough to challenge for the title in the new season.
Arsene Wenger should stop taking Gunners fans for fools and work on bringing in some quality players for the new season. Arsenal are a million miles away from challenging for the Premier League title and surely Wenger realises that, despite his claims to the contrary.
Can Arsenal really challenge for the Premier League title?