What a difference a year makes. Back in August of 2020, Arsenal was celebrating their record-breaking 14th FA Cup victory at Wembley, having defeated Chelsea 2-1 thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners seemed to be on the rise again under Mikel Arteta’s leadership, while Chelsea and Frank Lampard were left to lick their wounds. However, less than a year later, both London clubs’ fortunes could not be more dissimilar. Read more about Mikel Arteta plans to return to the Champions League | Details Inside below.
Arsenal remains ninth in the Premier League and is still coming to terms with last week’s Europa League semi-final loss to Villarreal, which means they will miss out on European competition for the first time in 25 years. Chelsea, on the other hand, is in third place in the Premier League and will face Leicester in the FA Cup final soon. They must also consider the forthcoming Champions League final against Manchester City. The Blues have been on an upward trend since Thomas Tuchel was appointed as Lampard’s successor in January.
Arteta’s Arsenal, on the other hand, has been unable to capitalize on last season’s FA Cup victory and is once again trailing their London rivals. Despite this season’s failures, big changes are required at Emirates Stadium this summer to have the Gunners vying for trophies again, and Arteta is set to be given the chance to direct the forthcoming overhaul.
Arsenal is looking to bolster their squad in several ways until the transfer window opens. With two new full-backs, a central midfielder, a forward, and a goalkeeper on their wish list.
Arteta and technical director Edu are conscious that the club’s offensive choices need to be refreshed. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both rumored to be on their way out.
Nketiah is most likely to resign. He has only one year left on his contract at the end of the season. Although Lacazette’s case will be discussed shortly. The 29-year-old remains a famous figure at Arsenal. He is liked by Arteta. Here is a sense that his resignation will pull in vital funds to help find a replacement.
Arsenal is keeping an eye on Odsonne Edouard, who is supposed to leave Celtic at the end of the season. However, Leicester City will be a good contender for the young Frenchman.