By Danny Watson
I watched as we gave in all too easily to a good but not great Man Utd team last night and couldn’t believe the lack of confidence in our team.
We have some of the most talented youngsters in the world but we are lacking the experience that we used to have and I think now we need to go out and get it.
Our players looked overwhelmed by the occasion last night and no one seemed willing to step up to the plate and take responsibility.
I say willing as I believe that they are able to step up and show that we are one of the greatest footballing sides in Europe but they just didn’t turn up last night.
I am a huge fan of Arsene Wenger’s youth policy and I don’t want people to think I am having a go at him.
I love what he has done with the club and love the faith that he shows in the younger players.
But I think if we want to start winning trophies again and most importantly if we want our young lads to go from good players to great players they need to have experienced players in the squad to learn from.
I would love to see at least four big signings in the summer and a few departures that would allow us to add that extra experience we need.
We need two good old fashioned no-nonsense centre backs that can get the ball out of the danger area and guide the young fullbacks through games.
They would also help us to develop some of the younger guys like Djourou and, if he comes back, Senderos into long term replacements.
I would be more than willing to let Gallas and Silvestre and potentially Toure go if the offers were right as Toure in particular is not commanding enough in the centre of defence.
Possible signings could be Brede Hangeland, Matthew Upson, Daniel Agger and if we could keep him fit Jonathan Woodgate.
The defensive midfield position has been a problem for us for years as we never filled the whole left by Viera. I think Song has the makings of an excellent defensive midfielder but could use some coaching to get him there.
There are two potential players I think would be ideal signings, Marcos Senna and Xabi Alonso.
Alonso would be my first choice and he is yet again linked with a move away from Liverpool.
He is a fantastic player and in my opinion more important than Gerrard in the Liverpool team as he allows his team mates including the likes of Gerrard to go and play.
The final position that I think needs improvement is upfront. I don’t believe Adebayor is good enough and if we get a good offer for him in the summer we should take it.
Equally I believe if we get a good offer for van Persie we should also consider it. I am a big fan of van Persie but between injuries and sometimes a bad attitude we don’t see him at his best very often.
Bendtner is a player I believe at present is not good enough, he is good in the air but that is about it. However I believe that he has the raw talent that could be nurtured and improved by being in the same squad as an experienced striker.
A player I believe would do a good job and could be available for a reasonable fee in the summer is Luca Toni.
Bayern look like missing out on Champions League football so the big Italian could be ready to move.
He is ideal for Bendtner to learn from and would certainly add another dimension to the team.
I am obviously assuming that Eduardo is going to be fit next year as I believe he is a huge player for us and is by far the best finisher at the club.
If we can sign some experience in the summer then we can transform our squad of good players into Arsenal greats and have a real shot at recapturing those glory days that now seem and feel so long ago.
This article was written By Danny Watson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football news.