Arsenal: 5 Premier League Players Who Can Win Them The Title

What Arsenal need next season is to hit the ground running, and that means new players who can instantly adapt to the unique rigours of the Premier League. Perhaps it’s time to look a little closer to home?
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What Arsenal need next season is to hit the ground running, and that means new players who can instantly adapt to the unique rigours of the Premier League. Perhaps it’s time to look a little closer to home?

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What Arsenal need next season is to hit the ground running, and that means new players who can instantly adapt to the unique rigours of the Premier League. Perhaps it’s time to look a little closer to home?

Arsene Wenger has rightfully developed a reputation throughout his reign as Arsenal manager for turning relative unknowns from across the world into top class players. As well as the obvious mentions like Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, arguably the best striker in Europe at the moment, you can add Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Abou Diaby, all of whom were signed for next to nothing.

However, for every Thierry Henry, there’s a Jose Antonio Reyes, for every Robin Van Persie, there’s a Nicklas Bendtner, for every Cesc Fabregas there’s an Andre Arshavin. All of these players had huge potential, but the Premier League is a different beast to other European leagues, and not every player quite fits the mould. As for Arsenal’s signings this season, the one that caused the most hype was Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, touted by African football specialist Herve Penot as being “as good as Messi”. It’s fair to say the winger  has had a frustrating first season at The Emirates, albeit one disrupted by a lengthy participation in the African Cup of Nations and the quicker than anticipated emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Mikel Arteta on the other hand has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers this season, bringing much needed stability and experience to the centre of Arsenal’s midfield, and much of that is down to the fact that Arteta has a wealth of Premier League experience.

Arsenal’s recent resurgence has instilled a new optimism among the fans, and the possibility that we may qualify automatically for next year’s Champions League would mean a pre-season without the distraction of having to play qualifying games. However, next year Arsenal need to hit the ground running. They cannot give foreign players the six months they need to adapt to the English game. It may cost more money, but these players plying their trade on our shores may give Arsenal the edge next season.

Clint Dempsey

One of Arsenal's problems in recent years is the lack of a goalscoring midfielder. Much has been said of the need to take some of the pressure off Robin Van Persie, and Clint Dempsey's presence in the midfield could do just that. Not only is he a danger in front of goal, netting 12 for Fulham already this season, but he's good on the ball and has a more aggressive style of play that could help Arsenal when they need to get more physical, especially away from home.

James McLean

Given that he's just signed a new contract at Sunderland it would take a pretty big bid to tempt the Mackem's to part with their prize asset. However, Mclean is a forward's dream, constantly bombing down the left and delivering great balls into the box, as well as having a keen eye for goal himself. The competition between him and Oxlade-Chamberlain would bring out the best in both of them.

Phil Jagielka

Arsenal still desperately need to tighten up at the back, and Phil Jagielka has long been mooted as a possible solution. A wealth of experience in both the Premier League and lower down has instilled in him a great work ethic, and his consistent performances would certainly help Arsenal lock out teams when they're trying to grind out results.

Michel Vorm

More of a wildcard this one. Wojciech Szczęsny has firmly established himself as Arsenal's number one for years to come, eliminating some of the mistakes that became characteristic of his performances last year. However, Arsenal need more depth in goal, and Swansea's number one has been a revelation this season. Confident, strong and athletic, Vorm would provide a real challenge to the Pole.

Joe Allen

Another member of Brendan Rogers' Swansea-Lona side that passed Arsenal off the field at The Liberty Stadium earlier in the season. Joe Allen possesses the highest pass completion rate in the Premier League, and the fact that Swansea employ a similar attacking philosophy to Arsenal suggests that he would have no trouble adapting to life in North London. Allen's playmaking could get the best out of Aaron Ramsey too, who despite showing flashes of brilliance has struggled at times to find his rightful place within Arsenal's midfield.

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