The 2012/13 season for Arsenal was quite the blend of success and failure.
The season started in devastating fashion as they lost their club-captain and leading goalscorer Robin van Persie to fierce-rivals Manchester United, while holding midfielder Alex Song left for Barcelona.
To help get over the loss of their key players, Arsene Wenger brought in Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, all who have been very impressive in their debut seasons, reaching double figures for goals scored.
The season that has past has seen Arsenal fall well short of challenging for the Premier League title and also saw them get knocked out of both the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup by lower league opposition.
Despite the brave showing in Germany, they were also knocked out of the Champions League by eventual-winners Bayern Munich.
So, despite all the negativity showing from this season, I still believe next season could be quite a bright one for the north London club - and it could be the end of their trophy drought.
Why do I believe this? Well for the first time in a long-time I believe they will not be losing key players. You look at the previous seasons, they've lost massive names and key players, for example: Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but this summer I can only see fringe players leaving the club.
Arsenal have already been quick to release players and from the wage bill; they have managed to cut nearly £200k-a-week after releasing Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson.
The club will also be looking to sell Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu Young, Johan Djourou and possibly Andre Santos.
It is public knowledge that Wenger has a treasure chest to spend - up to £70m - and with players going out, it frees up a lot of wages that can be used for new faces and even better players.
This summer will be the first in a while where Arsenal should not lose key players - and, instead, it could be the first time they bring in key players.
The likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Julio Cesar and Marouane Fellaini are all being linked with potential moves to the Emirates Stadium.
If the Gunners can buy two or three big-names this summer, next year could be a decisive one in Arsenal's recent history and decisive to the future of Arsene Wenger.
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