Off the long run: The signs look good for Arsenal

Last updated 05:00 22/09/2012
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A STEAL: Lukas Podolski.

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I disagree with Ian Calder's assertions about Arsenal's prospects for silverware. In my view the future looks bright.

Arsene Wenger's purchases this season have been very astute and have not been made in vain. Santi Cazorla has slotted in extremely well and he is shaping up to be the buy of the season for just £16.5m.

Lukas Podolski was a steal at a mere £10m and he has shown already that he is a proven goalscorer who can also defend.

The best signing has not been a player but Steve Bould, who has joined the management team and helped shore up a leaky defence.

The teams that win the Premier League and Champions League are those with the best defence.

I believe that Wenger is still the best man to lead Arsenal.

Many people wrote him off last season and jumped on the bandwagon after their horrible start, particularly after their 8-2 routing at Man United. Yet he managed to turn things around and eventually finish third in the Premier League guiding the side to an unprecedented 15th succesive Champions League campaign.

This season Arsenal are a stronger side all around. While Robin van Persie had an incredible season last year, everything revolved around him as he was the sole option up front to score goals. Now they have more options with the likes of Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Gervinho and Theo Walcott.

Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby can also score goals and are proving to be a formidable midfield.

Then there are the talents of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere to look forward to.

Arsenal are a taller team now and pose more threat at set pieces.

The bench is also much stronger with internationals such as Laurent Koscielny, Andrey Arshavin, Aaron Ramsay and Walcott able to come on and change a match.

The prospects of Arsenal winning a trophy are much better.

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