Major Arsenal shareholder wants more world-class signings - who could join Ozil and Sanchez?

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Major Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has declared a new era for the Gunners - with more world class signings on his agenda.

The Gunners ended their nine-year trophy drought with the 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City in May, and the club have been trying to keep the renewed positivity going in North London by making a string of new signings. Goalkeepers David Ospina and right backs Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers have joined the club, but the big capture was Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez.

The 25-year-old forward arrived for £32m having been forced out of Barcelona with their signing of Luis Suarez, and Arsenal were quick to snap the Chilean up - pairing him with another world class talent in playmaker Mesut Ozil. Fans want and expect more players of a similar calibre to arrive, and shareholder Usmanov believes that will continue.

"I think we begin a new era for Arsenal where we win trophies," said Usmanov, who is worth a reported £11bn. "That is most important for football. In my opinion, in line with the existing rules, the club has the correct decision-making process in place, including their selection policy, especially now, when they have the means to buy the best players. They were [previously] selling players and were unable to buy top players. These difficulties have now been overcome and the team is in a good state."

The purchase of Ozil a year ago and Sanchez last month shows that Arsenal are now making a strong commitment to buying proven world class players. With Usmanov encouraging more signings, who else could arrive at the Emirates Stadium in the near future?

Wenger has already made it clear that a defensive midfielder will be on the agenda, and the likes of Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira fit the profile required. In attack, the club still clearly need a centre forward, with Olivier Giroud simply not enough to make Arsenal a title favourite. Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and Monaco's Falcao have been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs, and Arsenal would become so much more dangerous by adding one of them.

Elsewhere, another centre back could also be signed, but Wenger may want to stick to trying to develop some players. Maybe Arsenal will make one marquee signing every summer now, and that will get them in competing for Premier League and Champions League glory in time.

It may take a few years at the current pace, but at least there's a clear vision that top players will be signing for the Gunners now, rather than losing key players to their rivals.

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