Arsene Wenger has finally cracked. After years of insisting that a band of hobbits would be enough to penetrate the fastness of Mordor and cast the One Ring into the fiery pits of Mount Doom, he's now admitted that there's no way that could ever work and is going to acquire helpers of larger stature in his quest to free the world from the dominion of the evil Lord Sauron. Or something like that. I don't pay him that much attention:
It's something that's easy to correct. We need to improve the size of our squad. We need a bigger variety in the height of our players. We need to be more capable of fighting against some characteristics than we have been this season.
We get it 95% right, but we must gain that 5% because it's so frustrating to flirt with success like we have done. The fans are unhappy that we didn't win the league, but we are close. In 2003 we were also the best away team, but didn't win. We kept going and in 2004 we were very strong.
I'm going to go ahead and assume that this doesn't mean that Arsenal are about to acquire Peter Crouch, but we may seem them attempting to buy a taller midfielder and possibly make another round of upgrades at central defence (the return of Thomas Vermaelen will help, of course). It's entirely possible, however, that Arsenal's issues from set pieces stem from something tactical rather than physical, and putting a couple of inches on a couple of players won't be particularly helpful.
For more on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, see The Short Fuse.