After another season where trophies have not been won, the summer ahead could be the biggest pre-season of Arsenal's recent history.

The Gunners fell well off the pace in the Premier League and are currently fighting just to secure a Champions League spot for next season. They also fell short in both domestic cups after being knocked out by lower league oppositions in the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup.

On the Europe stage, Arsenal were knocked out by Bayern Munich despite beating the German side 2-0 in Germany. A poor first-leg performance at the Emirates Stadium cost them dearly.

So after another year trophyless, which now extends to eight years, Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger have a massive summer ahead if they are to return to the trophy winning days.

Losing star-man Robin van Persie to Manchester United has essentially been the difference between being a competitor in the league and being a top-four fighter. Van Persie has been influential in United's 20th league title, which was wrapped up last night after a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. Van Persie scored all three goals on the way to his first Premier League title.

This season seems to have pushed many Arsenal fans over the edge as they started the season by selling their star asset to their fierce rivals and then they failed to replace him. To add to their frustration, the club failed to spend big in the January transfer market when it was visible that depth was needed to compete and to be a success.

Not only have the transfer policies been questioned, Arsene Wenger himself has been questioned as well. Many fans are saying his tactics are too old fashioned and also believe his unwillingness to spend is costing Arsenal dearly.

Despite a tough season for Wenger personally and mentally, he has insisted that he will at least see out his contract which ends in 2014, so that means he will be at the Emirates next season, so what can the Frenchman do in the summer to bring back some of those who seem to have lost faith in him?

It has been made public knowledge that he will have around £70million to spend in the summer and he has reportedly pinpointed potential signings to help strengthen his side.

For Arsenal, this summer will define whether or not they will compete next season or not. The first job for Wenger is to get rid of the fringe players that are costing him a bomb on wages. The likes of Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner all need to be sold from the club, so that their wages can be used on first-team players and big name.

I won't name players in particular that Wenger should look into signing, but this season has shown that what Arsenal are missing are; A goalkeeper to compete with Fabianksi and Szczesny and a right-back to replace Bacary Sagna, a holding-midfielder to allow Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere to roam free up top and also a striker that can bang in 20+ goals a season.

With the likes of Everton and Tottenham catching up with Arsenal whilst the Manchester clubs sprint away means this summer could define their future prospects of winning the league.

Another failed season could see them fall in to the abyss of mid-table like Liverpool but some investment in the squad could see them challenge for the title once again.

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