The condition is this:

Arsenal's match against Liverpool was an embarrassment, with the Gunners losing 3-0 in a game in which they gave nothing and threatened even less.

Granted, Mikel Arteta's team was lacking key players such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, as well as Granit Xhaka and Kierney, the latter of whom was substituted due to injury.


However, the performance revealed a serious lack of consistency in the squad to contend with the Reds, and the output of seasoned players such as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette fell well short of expectations.

With eight games left, Arsenal is 10 points out of the top four. With 24 points on the line, Arsenal would almost certainly need to win all of their remaining games to be in contention.

Some claim that a league is now merely a ceremonial event and that the Europa League should take precedence. The remaining games may be used to determine who gets to play in the summer and what areas need to be changed or updated.

What needs to be done?

Arsenal must act and back Mikel Arteta in the transfer window, regardless of where they finish and what European competition they qualify for if any.

There should be a range of positions addressed, at least six. The backup goalkeeper and left-back positions have both proved to be weak spots that need to be addressed.

Odegaard's impact has shown that a central attacking role requires more than Emile Smith-Rowe, particularly after the England under-21 international's success with the Norwegian.

To add to and improve upon Granit Xhaka, the central midfield needs more reinforcement and consistency. 

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Not to replace, as the Swiss midfielder has already proven his worth to the squad, but to provide competition and prevent a drastic drop in quality from Thomas Partey and Xhaka to Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos, who have both fallen far short of what is needed to compete.

Despite the presence of Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, and Calum Chambers56 at right back, the position requires attention. 

The three will not be considered part of a top-six team, and it is an environment where the Gunners have shown vulnerability.

Last but not least, the forward line. With Lacazette's contract expiring, Aubameyang's form and attitude concerns, Nicolas Pepe's inability to live up to his price tag and potential, Willian's underwhelming performances, and young players like Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun still likely to leave, something needs to be done.

How do you do it? The club must make prudent financial decisions. Between 2015 and 2019, £561 million was spent on player transactions with little return. 

Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Pepe, Lacazette, Cedric, Runarsson, David Luiz, Stefan Lichtsteiner, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Perez, and Elneny have all failed to improve on their previous performances.

Arsenal must invest in at least four first-team starters who are superior to the current crop of talent. They must be astute in their spending on backup roles such as left-back and goalkeeper, finding players that can be obtained for a low price or on a free transfer. Take, for example, Southampton's Ryan Bertrand.

In addition to fitting Arteta's structure, the players must possess attributes such as leadership, commitment, and continuity. Coming from teams that aren't as polarized as Arsenal, there will be a time of adjustment.

It will be a major undertaking, dependent on player sales and, most skeptically, owner investment, but it is feasible. Arsenal must move ruthlessly and with progression and growth at the forefront of their minds if they are to compete.


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