Is Arsenal's current squad good enough to break the trophy drought ?

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Arsenal does have a squad which can be competitive heading into the new season, even if Arsene Wenger doesn’t make any more signings.

The lingering worry which will be in the backs of Arsenal fans minds at the moment, though, is how the current crop of players will perform if the club doesn’t back up boasts of financial strength with big money signings.

Arsenal still have time to pull off deals for big name players, with another bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez possible - despite Brendan Rodgers’ insistence that the price must be the higher side of £50 million.

Even if Arsenal don’t sign another player this summer, however, they can still be competitive this coming season, ensuring that they don’t have to scrap for the top four again and giving themselves a solid shot of some domestic silverware.

Having said this, Arsenal certainly need more from the players currently at the club, who will be required to step up to the plate in order to give the club a fast start and a good chance of consolidating near the top of the Premier League.

The goalkeeping issue has been a cause for concern at Arsenal over the last couple of years, and Wojciech Szczesny needs to show the drive and determination to consolidate as one of the best goalkeepers in the division. He obviously still has a lot to learn, and he will make mistakes - but David De Gea showed last season at Manchester United that inconsistency can be worked on to good effect.

Arsenal have some superb players in their back four. Thomas Vermaelen should definitely be aiming to have a much better season this time round. Vermaelen comes from a crop of impressive Belgian defenders playing across Europe, some of whom have surpassed him. If he can improve his consistency, there's no reason the Gunners can’t maintain their decent defensive record from last season.

Arsenal’s midfield is their real strength, and it’s where they have their match winners in the form of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Those players need to be solid and performing well, which will allow the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to play with a freedom and confidence, knowing they are protected by the quality of those two players.

Wilshere can have a good season if he stays injury free, while Cazorla’s main job is just to build on the form he showed last season.

Mikel Arteta also has a role to play in the current side, pulling the strings and setting the tempo of the play, which he does superbly. He’s almost like the father figure in Arsenal’s midfield, and can be a catalyst for the team.

Then it’s just down to the strikers to score the goals. Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud need to both be at the top of their game next season. They both showed glimpses of goalscoring ability last season, but Arsenal need them to kick on another level now.

New signings are only going to add to things and help the chances of success, but even if the Gunners don’t bring anyone in, the foundations of a very good side are surely already in place.

What do you think ? Can Arsenal compete next season with their current squad ?

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