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Arsenal: Three signings to secure top-four finish

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Arsenal are a team that have a lot of pressure on their players this season as the team hasn't won a trophy for eight years and counting.

Not to mention that they scraped into the last Champions League spot at their north London rivals' expense on the last day of the season - and since then Tottenham have strengthened their squad to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

Meanwhile, the Gunners haven't spent a penny in this summer's window despite it being vital that they acquire sufficient talent to take them into the Champions League for the 16th year running.

Firstly, Arsenal need a player with the ability to score goals from nothing, to create as well as to score and to be able to perform at the highest level season after season. Despite there being big names thrown around such as Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, I believe that Fiorentina star Giuseppe Rossi has the required attributes to fit the bill at the Emirates.

An excellent dribbler on the ball, with the ability to find a team-mate and the goal from virtually anywhere and the fact that he's scored 97 goals, assisted 35 and doing all at just 26 years of age means the little Italian could be the perfect player for Arsenal.

Secondly, after the heroics of Santi Cazorla in Arsenal's midfield last season, there will be a need for another midfielder similar to himself for Arsenal to be able to create more chances for themselves, as well as the risk of an injury occurring to their star midfielder.

Again, names such as Brazilian playmakers Diego and Ganso have been linked with the north Londoners but it is a different Brazilian midfielder with the prowess to play at such a big club.

Lazio's Hernanes is a player that can play in a multitude of positions in midfield but is perhaps strongest in the central midfield area. His long-range passing and shooting, as well as the ability to break down opposition attacks has led to teams such as Manchester City also keeping a close eye on him.

Lastly, and inevitably, there needs to be a stronger figure in the goalkeeping area for Arsenal. Polish shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny is still a young goalkeeper and with a lot still to learn but for a club needing a top-four finish, a strong Champions League campaign and still desperately trying to land a trophy perhaps he simply too inexperienced for such a big task.

There are a many good quality 'keepers out there right now and I can't think of many better than that of Stephane Ruffier of Saint-Etienne. Last season, the Frenchman played in 36 games and recorded 17 clean sheets, whilst only conceding 25 goals as well.

Incredibly impressive for any goalkeeper but at only 26 years of age, he could keep Szczesny out of contention for many years to come.


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