The La Liga double swoop that could see Arsenal challenge for the Premier League

David Villa

Arsenal look set to claim a Champions League place this season, and if they could sign Geoffrey Kondogbia and David Villa in the summer they could aim even higher next year.

Although Arsenal made some fine acquisitions in last year's summer transfer window, it is fair to say they did not adequately replace Robin Van Persie and Alex Song.

Abou Diaby's catastrophic luck with injuries left them reliant on Mikel Arteta as their holding midfielder for most of the season, whilst neither of Olivier Giroud nor Lukas Podolski have been able to get close to filling the prolific Dutchman's boots up front.

This summer they might just address this problem by raiding Sevilla for Geoffrey Kondogbia and Barcelona for David Villa. The latter might be seeking a move from Catalonia in an effort to gain regular first football and so ensure a place in Spain's World Cup squad, whilst the French youngster is set for a major move after an impressive debut season in Spain.

Villa's talents are well known, and even at 31 the Spanish striker would have plenty to offer Arsenal's attack. Giroud has not had a bad first season at the Emirates, and could improve further next year, but Villa is a cut above the Frenchman and well suited to Arsenal's system.

Kondogbia is more of an unknown, but has put himself on the radar of most big sides around Europe with his performances this season. Wenger has confirmed he is considering the 20 year old, but if several teams come in for him, and his price-tag rises above £15million as a result, Arsenal might be inclined to look elsewhere.

However if both Kondogbia and Villa arrived at the Emirates this summer, perhaps along with an accomplished centre back, Arsenal would surely have a squad capable of ending their trophy drought, and perhaps even challenge for the Premier League title.

Wenger should have done more to replace Van Persie and Song last year, especially given the lack of cover for the latter this season, but it could be a case of better late than never for the Gunners if they swoop for Kondogbia and Villa this summer.

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