With the transfer window now slammed firmly shut managers are left with no alternative but to make do with the squad of players they have at their disposal.
Despite criticism from some quarters regarding Arsene Wenger’s continued transfer policy, Arsenal only added one player to their squad during the January window, with Spanish international Nacho Monreal arriving from cash-strapped Malaga to offer more competition at full-back.
Arsenal’s inconsistent form has left them currently lying in fifth place, four points off their North London rivals, Spurs, but if Arsene Wenger is to judge this season as a success they need to win some silverware, or at the very least come in the top four. That would ensure the ability to continue signing top-level talents, who are invariably attracted by the prospect of Champions League football, as well as better financial opportunities to make those sort of signings.
With that in mind, we are looking at the five ways Arsene Wenger can ensure that the Gunners achieve Champions League qualification this season.
4. Keep Jack Wilshere Fit
It is no coincidence that Arsenal’s upturn in form has coincided with some of Jack Wilshere’s best performances. The central midfielder has been at the heart of everything good at Arsenal this season and his ability to dictate in games has seen the Gunners dominate possession in almost all of their fixtures.
Wilshere has also added a strong running game to his appearances this season, with his driving runs out of midfield becoming a key aspect of his performances, however Arsenal fans got a firm remainder of the England star’s fragile nature at the weekend as he limped off during the Gunners’ win over Sunderland.
Wenger must keep the Arsenal star fit if they are to achieve Champions League qualification, because quite frankly, the North London side just aren’t the same without their midfield maestro.
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This article was first posted on February 12, 2013