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Arsenal: forget Fellaini, Wenger should go on a Bender

For the last eight years Arsenal have made it into the top four and secured that prized Champions League spot, but we've not won a proper trophy.

Despite this, we need to be pushing on for bigger and better things and it starts this season.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been quite a few close calls since Arsenal moved to the Emirates - the Carling Cup final 2007, injuries preventing a Premier League title in 2008,  and the infamous Carling Cup final against Birmingham in 2011. But what do Arsenal need to get over their hands on some much-coveted silverware ? ('Spend some money and buy some decent players!', I hear you say).

A world-class striker would be nice, and it looks as though all of Arsenal's eggs are in a Luis Suarez shaped basket. But Suarez won't solve all our problems anyway; the midfield is probably our best asset, but strength in depth is key to any title run - just take a look at Manchester City’s depth of quality in the middle of the park for the coming season. 

And there’s been a lot of talk about signing Fellaini as an enforcer in the middle, but I really think there are better players that will suit the way Arsene Wenger’s sides play. Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen is one player I think would flourish at the Emirates, and creating a more effective midfield will go along way to shoring up our (sometimes hapless) defence.

In my view, a quality striker, a strong midfielder and some goalkeeping competition for Wojciech SzczÄ™sny and Arsenal can force themselves into the title mix.

Maybe I'm deluded, or this is just a case of wishful thinking, but I don't think Arsenal will be that far off the mark this season with three more decent players.

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