Arsenal's moral boosting 3-1 victory against Manchester City in Helsinki should be seen as just that, a boost in morale.
For the first summer in recent times, the Gunners have managed to negotiate a transfer window without losing one of their star players so, theoretically, they should be going into the new season in much better shape than they were last year, which saw the heartbreaking exit of Dutch talisman Robin van Persie.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that defeating a mega rich City team doesn't deter Arsene Wenger from adding to his threadbare squad.
Gael Clichy must have been glad to see the back of Walcott. The English forward destroyed the ex-Arsenal left-back with a breathtaking display of pace and clinical finishing to help the Gunners to a well deserved victory over the 2012 Premier League champions.
The Gunners looked solid throughout the 90 minutes in their last outing before they entertain Aston Villa in their first match in the league with goalscorer Aaron Ramsey also impressing in the centre of midfield. City boss Manuel Pellegrini's side in a transition period so the final score mustn't be seen as an indication of the two teams potential performances next season.
After the game, the Arsenal boss admitted that his "squad was a bit thin", which gives Gunners fans hope that the French manager is still active on the transfer market. The performances of Laurent Koscielny in particular have been impressive this pre season, with the 27 year old centre back set to become a key player for the North London team. Olivier Giroud has also scored consistently during the summer, whilst youngsters such as Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry have impressed when given a chance.
If Wenger could make some key additions to the Gunners existing squad, Arsenal may be able to compete for bigger honours, rather than settling for challenging for a Champions League spot. The defensive midfield position is an area in which the Gunners may look to strengthen as although Mikel Arteta has filled in in the deeper position, he isn't a natural ball winner which often leaves the team lacking defensive cover due to their expansive attacking style. The Gunners have allowed Francis Coquelin and Denilson to leave the summer and with Abou Diaby's injury troubles seemingly never ending, Arsenal's midfield would be extremely thin without a new signing.
Marouane Fellaini, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo are some of the names being linked with the North London side and any one of them would improve their midfield considerably.
Of course, Arsenal have not kept a secret their desire to sign a world class striker, with the Luis Suarez saga showing no sign of disappearing. Giroud has performed admirably since his transfer from then French champions Montpellier, however, a striker of Suarez's ability would transform Arsenal into serious title contenders.
With the injury to Thomas Vermaelen and Ignasi Miquel going on loan to Championship side Leicester City, the Gunners risk going into the new season with only two recognisable centre backs. Bacary Sagna has been deployed their during pre season, but with Carl Jenkinson yet to completely impress at right back, the French full back may be preferred alongside Mertesacker and Koscielny.
Swansea defender Ashley Williams has been linked, however, Paris Saint Germain defender Mamadou Sakho seems to be surplus to requirements and Wenger is known to be a keen admire of the 23 year old who can play both as a center back or on the left hand side of the defence. Kurt Zouma of Saint Etienne is another French defender who has shown great promise during last season's Ligue 1 and with Wenger famous for his forays on the French market, neither of these potential transfers can be ruled out.
With under a week remaining before the start of the new Premier league season, this transfer market could be seen as a successful one if Arsenal sign a few players of real quality to add to the solid base that they already have.
However, failure to strengthen may prevent the Gunners from challenging for major honours for yet another season and leaving Arsenal fans angry at a lack of ambition shown by the clubs board.
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