Arsene Wenger’s side have every chance to achieve success next season.
Arsenal have spent the longest time at the top of the Premier League this season, leading up until February, but their challenge for the title started to stutter when Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey were ruled out with serious injuries at the turn of the year.
An FA Cup win and a fourth-place finish in the league may seem like failure in the eyes of the fans and the media after being out in front for so long, but in reality it will be an improvement for the club and a very good start for a group of players who have yet to reach their peak.
The Gunners have been distinctly average in recent times, finishing no higher than third for seemingly forever and failing to add to their illustrious trophy cabinet since 2005 when Patrick Vieira’s decisive penalty kick won them the FA Cup.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been under serious pressure for the last two seasons, especially over his activity in the transfer windows. The Frenchman famously failed to sign Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo last summer, and reportedly refused to match Julian Draxler’s £37m price tag in January.
The £42.5m signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day last summer was ground-breaking, not necessarily because of the fee - it has been well documented that Arsenal have the funds - but because of the fact that Wenger actually spent the money. For years, he has unearthed young gems and moulded them into top-class footballers, but this time he cut out the unearthing part and bit the bullet in buying a readymade star in the 25-year-old German international.
With the stadium paid for, Arsenal and Wenger will be willing to spend more than ever this summer. The North London side had the title in their sights, but simply did not have the squad depth to cope with the unfortunate injuries. No team has ever failed to win the Premier League after leading on New Year’s Day - Arsenal have broken that record.
With a first XI to match most top sides in Europe, Arsenal simply need two or three world-class additions to reach their potential. An FA Cup triumph is a must, not just to recapture the winning ways, but also to keep the supporters on side. Add that to Champions League football, which will lure the type of quality that Arsenal must recruit, and the future certainly looks bright.