After such a strong start to 2015, Arsene Wenger should be looking towards next season as the one where Arsenal could threaten the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
The Gunners have won 11 of their 13 Premier League matches this year, with the losses coming against Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, and they will already have eyes on next season as they sit a considerable 10 points behind leaders Chelsea with six games remaining.
For Wenger to put a team together that can challenge for the title next season, it is important that the former Monaco boss looks to a consistent midfield trio to build around that could prove to be the catalyst behind any future success.
Here are three players who would be the ideal candidates in order to make that vision a reality.
Defensive midfield – Francis Coquelin
Arguably the biggest factor in Arsenal’s upturn in results is the emergence of Coquelin in midfield.
The former Charlton Athletic loanee may not be the most dazzling player on the ball, but he is smart enough to distribute the ball around the pitch and forfeit any personal glory for the good of the team.
Centre midfield – Aaron Ramsey
With a good pre-season, the lung-busting midfielder could be back to his best after a year where he has failed to step up to the high standards he had previously set.
If the Welshman can get close to the form that he showed in 2012-13 next season, then Arsenal will have one of the most dangerous central midfield players in the division.
When fully fit and at his best, Ramsey has the presence on the pitch of a potential Premier League winner.
Attacking midfield – Mesut Ozil
If Arsenal are to become Premier League champions, then Mesut Ozil will need to recapture the form that made him one of the best players in the world.
In order for him to do that, he needs to be played in the middle of the park with a forward who is smart enough to utilise his intelligent balls through the backline and general creativity in the final third.
Another year playing predominantly out wide could be the final nail in the German’s coffin at the Emirates and a complete waste of a world-class talent for the Gunners.