Arsenal Need to Show the World They Are Still a Big Club This Summer

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IJune 13, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Lukas Podolski (2nd left) of Arsenal celebrates with team mates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium on May 14, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in world football, and yet for the past eight seasons they have somehow been unable to bring back a single piece of silverware to the Emirates Stadium.

For the most part, a lot of fans are putting this recent dip in form down to their side's lack of summer signings over the course of the past decade.

Whilst last summer the Gunners were able to bring in the likes of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, they were also unable to prevent the departure of both Alex Song and Robin van Persie, with the latter of the two playing an instrumental part in the title-winning campaign of bitter rivals Manchester United.

This summer has to be a break away from what is worryingly becoming the norm for Arsenal in the sunnier months.

It is imperative that they not only hold onto the players that were able to carry them into the Champions League places this year (Theo Walcott, Cazorla etc), but also build on this impressive base of talent, with big-name signings of their own.

Currently it looks like that may well happen, with The Telegraph saying Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain is nearing a switch over to East London from the Spanish capital if Arsene Wenger's men can cough up the cash.

This would be the perfect first step back on the path to world renown respect. It would be harsh, and wrong, to say that the Gunners aren't viewed by most teams as one of Europe's elite clubs. However, that pedigree and level of fear that once struck the heart of their opponents has slowly begun to fade over the years.

The memories of the Invincible's are a dying ember, and if the Arsenal faithful want to change that, then they should hope and pray that Gonzalo does sign for the club to pave the way for more top names to arrive.

Whilst perhaps not as globally renowned as Higuain, Everton's Marouane Fellaini would be another addition to the side which, again assuming no key players are sold on, could end that disastrous run of trophy-less years. 

Ironically, despite lacking in the notoriety of the Argentinian, Fellaini will more than likely be much harder to lure to the club, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea also showing a keen interest in the Belgian, as the Daily Star reports.

However, if they can snag his signature, Fellaini may be the perfect replacement for Alex Song—even if it has come a year late.

This duo would drastically alter the Arsenal setup in an incredibly positive way, with Higuain acting as the world-class striker that the Gunners sorely need, and Fellaini working in tandem with Cazorla to create attacks, whilst also bolstering the midfield from offensive onslaughts.

If Arsenal hit the transfer market hard this summer and aren't afraid to spend a bit of money, then they can rise to the top of English, and potentially even world football, again in the coming seasons.

For this to be a reality, however, it is crucial that key players are not allowed to exit the club this summer. 

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