While Arsène Wenger was watching hawk-eyed from the commentary box last night, there is a thing or two that he and his Arsenal side could learn from Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil on Tuesday night.
When you line-up with 11 world-class quality players, more often than not, you are going to achieve a world-class quality result.
With the imminent signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, don’t be surprised to see the Gunners running riot on a top four rival in the foreseeable future.
The Puma kit deal has seen an influx in money for the club, which will allow Arsène Wenger to spend in excess of £100 million on player transfers this summer.
At least 10 of these millions will be spent on French first choice right back and Newcastle shining light Mathieu Debuchy. Now 28 years old, Debuchy has been chosen as the successor for long-term servant Bacary Sagna.
With similar statistics, Debuchy will provide a more reserved, defensive approach to the back line than his predecessor, leaving the bombing forward for creative wide players such as Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott.
Seen as an invaluable squad member to Alan Pardew and Didier Deschamps, Debuchy will provide a short-term, experienced solution to the right back position.
This will give Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin the chance to earn their place in the team, while making the transition from Sagna easier for Steve Bould’s reformed back four.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez will be as high profiled as Özil’s, if not even bigger. A world class signing who has shone on the world and European stage, Sanchez will bring extra pace to the squad to assist the often-enigmatic Olivier Giroud up front.
While many dismiss Sanchez as being an out and out striker, the prospect of drawing parallels with Thierry Henry’s transition from a winger to a striker can only fill fans with confidence ahead of the new campaign.
Not to mention the overwhelming amount of creative support the Chilean will have behind him, the five midfield spots next season being in the sights of at least 11 senior players at this moment in time.
His arrival may upset some loyal players, but there is no doubt with a contribution only in the shadow of Ronaldo, Messi and Bale last season, Sanchez can fire Arsenal to glory next season.
This large squad that will now be available to Wenger’s disposal is, on paper, clearly able to compete for the Premier League title next season. One just has to look at the amount of attacking firepower the Gunners could have on their books.
Rosicky, Cazorla, Wilshere, Özil, Ramsey, Podolski, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud and potentially Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell.
It almost makes you shiver with excitement, to see a team that will finally be able to cope with any shock and long-term injuries that appear during the 60 odd games that the Gunners would hope to be taking part in, pending a successful year.
The Champions League is dependent on the form of Mesut Özil, a world-beater who must raise his game in order to spread his magic dust on the rest of the team to achieve the impossible.
Le Professeur has never won the Champions League, but with arguably the largest and most competitive squad in his reign, it could become a reality, following a warning shot by qualifying for the tournament in style.
This may be more difficult than expected, due to key players having involvement during the latter knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil.
It is expected that with the pressure of winning a trophy lifted, the League Cup will now take a backseat on the club’s priorities. Giving young players and reserves a chance to prove themselves in the tournament will be beneficial this year, so any progression in this department will be encouraging.
Finally the FA Cup gives Arsène Wenger a chance of maintaining his sides status amongst the domestic elite, one more win giving him the ultimate accolade, more FA Cup’s than any other side, or Sir Alex Ferguson.
Chelsea are the last club to retain the trophy and if Arsenal have anything to say about it, they will make history yet again.
Ready to pounce
The most important thing next season is for Arsenal to make sure, at any cost, that they do not go backwards. Winning a trophy cannot be seen as a weight off the player’s shoulders, but a catalyst to aspire to bigger and better things.
A title challenge would be encouraging next season and even if it doesn’t result in the Premier League trophy, it will show that Arsenal are keeping up with an improving and billionaire ridden division.
Winning a domestic trophy will keep the supporters happy, while giving Arsène Wenger less pressure to build a world beating team that he can hand to his successor in three years, when it is expected he will hang up his coat and bottle.
The Gunners will be wearing a Puma on their chest next season. It is now time for them to spend some money, train hard and make the next leap in becoming by far the greatest team, the world has ever seen.