by Ifreke Inyang
Only eight weeks ago, Arsenal appeared well on course for a much different outcome. Then they suffered a shock Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham at Wembley, went out of Europe to Barcelona and then lost their FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.
Six draws from the last nine of an unbeaten 16-game Premier League run, which ended last Sunday, saw what had looked to be a sustained title assault fail to last the distance once again.
Wenger cut a forlorn figure at full-time at the Reebok Stadium, as the reality of his squad’s latest failing sunk in. The Gunners boss has endured great criticism of his unwavering faith in youth, with fans and pundits alike calling for him to add some steely experience to all that potential.
While Wenger is unlikely to raid his £40million war chest for just one marquee signing this summer, it is now highly probable that a couple of more mature players will be brought in to help the current generation win that first elusive trophy.