Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have two things he wants to achieve before he retires; winning the Premier League title again and lifting the Champions League trophy.
At one point last season the Gunners looked as though they were seriously going to push Chelsea over the closing stages of the campaign, but the Blues deserve credit for pulling away from the pack.
Arsenal will be title challengers next season, but Wenger needs to follow a trend he’s set himself over the last couple of years with the big money deals paid for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
There are a number of areas in the team, which arguably need to be improved with the arrival of new players and with Arsenal possessing the resources to go after any player they desire, there are no excuses for missing out on top targets.
We’ve had a go at attempting to name what Arsenal’s first choice team could look like next season.
Casillas, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Schneiderlin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Benzema
A new goalkeeper would be a move forward for the club, with Iker Casillas previously linked with a move by the Daily Mail.
Casillas has played down the idea of a move, but with David De Gea potentially heading to Real Madrid and Chelsea unlikely to sell Petr Cech to the Gunners, Casillas could be a very good and experienced option.
While the middle of the defence could use a new body, it’s an area that Wenger may overlook due to the deal for Gabriel last winter. Wenger would also suggest that Arsenal have Calum Chambers who can play in the heart of the defence.
The Daily Mirror has suggested that Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin remains a target for the club and he’s someone who is well suited to Arsenal’s style of play.
The Frenchman is thought to be keen on a move to a club playing Champions League football and the sticking point in a deal could be the fee, which could be elevated if other clubs declare their interest.
In terms of a new striker, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are all good options with the Metro suggesting Karim Benzema could be a realistic target, as Wenger looks to move forward and create an exciting team.