For Arsenal, the last few years have been tough, the lack of any silverware since 2005 was becoming a rather troublesome monkey on their backs. Since the opening of their brand new, £390m stadium back in 2006, it was not until May of this spring, could they finally add to the list of honors that encompass the interior of the stadium. The trophy not only provides some much needed success, but it also symbolizes the change in dynamics for the North London club.
The Emirates Stadium was a huge project, £390m may not sound too much in current times, with the likes of Man City having vast sums of money invested into them. For Arsenal, they were going to have to pay off the loan without such help. This would have a significant effect of the way the club worked. During the barren years, Arsenal fans had to witness many oftheir star players and captains leave. Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy are just some of the names that have departed. Arsenal were operating on a tight financial structure, so they could not pay the sums of money that top stars around Europe were earning. The lack of any on field success would contribute even further to players looking elsewhere for glory. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had a very difficult job on his hand, to keep the club competitive, without being able to spend vast amounts on players that were much needed to improve the squad. The Club had a reasonable amount of money to spend, a few seasons of £40m-50m worth of transfers. But the club were not attracting star players, the marquee signings. the blockbusters, but rather, they were players other teams were not entirely interested in. The last few years have been much more promising, with the repayment of the stadium loan almost complete. funds were now made available to towards the team,
The signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a record fee of £42m last summer was astonishing in several ways. The club had never spent in the region of this before, it was a sign of their new found financial strength. Also this was not the shrewd signing of an upcoming player, or a cheap buy from overseas. This was the arrival of one of the best midfielders in the world. Along with the FA Cup win, the club had also announced a huge sponsorship deal with Puma, dropping Nike after several years. With the debt almost paid off, combined with valuable sponsorship deals. Arsenal are now finally back as a big time player. Already, they have signed the much rated Alexis Sanchez, along with Mathieu Debuchy and Colombia keeper David Ospina this summer. The transfer window is still open for a few more weeks, and could see the addition of many more new faces. Which could help the club once more, go back to winning league titles on a regular basis. After several years of underwhelming signings, annual collapses during the season and having to see all their best players leave year after year. Things are finally looking bright, and this season may well be one of the most successful in the best part of 10 years.