Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Dein: Arsene is trying to improve squad -"Wenger wants me to stay"

Morning Gooners.

Quite a lot going on today, so I'll cut to the chase.

Former vice chairman David Dein has given his view on how Arsenal ended the season and while pleased with the outcome - a 16th year of Champions League football - knows we need to do better next season.

Dein told Sky Sports News:

"I think there is plenty to celebrate in finishing fourth. Arsene has yet again waved his magic wand to come fourth and get into the Champions League as he has done for the last 16 years. 
"It was quite remarkable because it was not the greatest squad he has ever had, they are certainly talented, but I think for what he had working with him this season he has done really well to get into the Champions League. 
"To a lot of Arsenal fans, of course, that's not good enough, because in the final analysis they still finished 16 points behind Manchester United, and that's not classed as success. 
"I know Arsene will try to improve the squad if he can. It's up to the scouting network around the world - they are looking to find the best players possible for Arsenal. 
"But they are not alone, everybody else is trying to do the same thing."
The analysis is correct. It's not just Arsenal who are looking to strengthen this close season. And while we can't fight it out with the Chelsea's, Manchester City's and PSG's of this world, we can certainly target the players who they don't believe are at the highest level.

I think all three of our signings last summer have been a success. Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have all added their different qualities to this team. And Nacho Monreal is another quality signing.

If the manager can add to the squad players of their ability or perhaps one or two who have "super, super quality" then we should be a force next season. I don't think we should move away from the team ethic which has been built during this final run in. We don't need individuals playing for themselves... we need grafters who will compliment what we've already got and push us on even further.

The manager has certainly got that from the players who finished the season in the starting 11. With a couple of tweaks and some extra quality, we could become genuine title contenders.

One player who looks set to remain at his current club is Cesc Fabregas.

He told a Catalonian radio station:
"There is nothing to say [on my future]. 
"I’m very happy at Barca, and I want to stay for many more years to come."
I still believe there could be a twist in the Fabregas situation. I think returning to London and to Arsenal might be on the cards. But we'll have to watch this space.

Three of our current players have been speaking about their futures.

:Laurent Koscielny said:
"I want to have some titles. I hope the club will give itself the means. If that’s not the case, I’ll go take a look elsewhere. I feel good at Arsenal, and if we’re given the means to be able to rival big teams, of course I want to continue the adventure. 
"If it’s to be fighting each year like this season, mentally, it’s hard. We’re always under pressure and we know a single season without the Champions League at Arsenal is difficult. 
"We’ll have to see whether there are clubs who are interested. I don’t just want to go anywhere. I want to discover a new championship."
Bacary Sagna said:
"It’s possible that I will return to France. Just two clubs could get me to come back, PSG or Monaco.  
"I’d have to see what conditions they offer, both financially and from a playing point of view. I won’t leave just to join any club. 
"I have a contract with Arsenal until 2014. There have been talks about extending it, but I haven’t yet done so. I am not at a bad club. 
"If I stay with them I will try to have a good season, with the World Cup finals to come after it. But if I am driven to leave, it will be a new challenge for me."
And Tomas Rosicky said:
"After the season I spoke with the coach and Arsenal want me to stay. Of course, you never know what can happen, but I should be staying. A return to Sparta Prague? No, not yet. 
"After the season I spoke with the coach and Arsenal want me to stay." 
I hope both of our French players will stay. I think of the two Sagna is the more likely to leave, but that is only down to his contract situation. As for Rosicky, he's one of the most important members of our squad and I never want him to leave!

Elsewhere, there is speculations surrounding the future of Lukasz Fabianski. The Daily Mail report Beskitas are looking at the Poland international who has one year left on his current deal.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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