Does Arsenal success or stagnation depends on the next few days?

By Avenell Dave

What did I say yesterday? 

All I wanted was to see us get through the game without injuries or suspensions. 

One out of two is bad. 

Losing Lukasz Podolski, who impressed so much against Fulham, is a blow we could do without, especially when our squad is so stretched anyway. 

The Twittersphere is going mad with new signings not announced yet even with Champions League qualification assured. 

The fact is, none of the big players have moved yet involving English clubs: Suarez, Bale, Rooney have all stayed put. 

Clubs want to get full value for their assets and the fact that we're in the last week of the window and still haven't really got started speaks volumes about the nature of the market. 

We may not have a world beater leading out attack nor do we have the type of players who can win games with an impudent piece of skill but I do believe the current squad, if it remained fit, would be capable of challenging for honours.

The reality is that we need players but we've spent too many years subsidising those who haven't actually added anything to the squad. 

How many times has a Chamakh, a Squillaci, a Bendtner or even Arshavin last season hindered our potential to bolster the squad because the take up a place and significant wages and there is nothing we can do about it?

The club must get credit for shipping all but Park and Bendtner out but of course that's only half the task.

If we can sign four or even five top quality players, the sort who our rivals would also have wanted to sign, we can think seriously about winning the trophies everyone so desperately craves.

It's all very well the media and ITKs claiming that this one or that one is going to sign, but the fact is, the club know better than anyone what is going on. 

They are under pressure to deliver and if we end up with just Sanogo or even Flamini as well, it will not be enough for anyone. And we can pretty much write off the hopes of everyone.

Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Whatever he says, even with the team cruising on Tuesday against Fenerbahce, Wenger knows that "a little bit thin" is an understatement.

Sign the right players and we can look forward not only to a positive season, but also one which sets the bar for future years. 

Fail to do so and who knows how long some of our better players (I'm talking about Santi, Jack) will want to hang around until the project bears fruit. Especially having seen what has happened over the past eight seasons. 

Let's hope it never comes to that.