If Arsenal are smart in the transfer market this summer, and keep all their top players at the club, they could be champions next May.
Arsenal players and fans alike are currently reflecting on something of a roller-coaster campaign.
For much of the season it looked as though they could finally reclaim the Premier League title, only to stutter in the new year and ultimately finish seven points behind champions Manchester City.
But in qualifying yet again for the Champions League and – more importantly for their mentality – winning a trophy for the first time in almost a decade, Arsenal ensured that it was a season to remember for the right reasons, even if a few of the wrong ones still slipped through.
The Gunners have already been linked with a whole host of new arrivals this summer, but in truth Arsene Wenger’s side does not need wholesale changes, just smart ones.
Below are the three players I feel could turn Arsenal from also-rans to Premier League champions once more:
The German international looked like having a season to forget at the Bernabeu, after he suffered a cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for much of Real Madrid’s campaign. However, he is now back in action and played his part in the club’s 10th European trophy success on Saturday.
Khedira is an outstanding defensive-minded footballer and would be an excellent addition to the Gunners. He has been tipped to arrive in the past, and with just a year left on his current contract there is a good chance he could be moving on this summer.
If he does, Arsenal should be heading the queue as they could sign a quality midfielder for a bargain fee.
The FC Porto striker is one of the few world-class front-men who could be within Arsenal’s grasp and he has scored a quite remarkable 60 goals in the last two seasons.
Jackson has two years left on his current deal and has long been linked with a move away from Portugal, with the Emirates cited as a possible destination.
With ongoing talk that Arsenal will look to sign a new front-man, few are better qualified to fill that role than the 27-year-old Colombian international.
With Bacary Sagna seemingly heading for pastures new Wenger is likely to need to sign a new right-back this summer. A number of candidates have been put forward by the press but the latest – Schalke’s Atsuto Uchida – is the best of the bunch.
At 26, he is experienced enough to fit straight into Wenger’s back-line, but he could also come relatively cheap with just over a year left on his current contract.
Last season he played 27 games for the German side, scoring once and providing five assists.