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Do Arsenal need youth or experience?

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It is becoming a well known fact that Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005.

This is arguably down to Arsene Wenger's reluctant transfer tactics over the years, until recently this summer when he signed German star Mesut Ozil. This move brought hope to the Emirates and experience of top flight football.

However, when trophies are the topic of conversation there are four available for the Gunners to win. The most coveted is arguably the Premier League, which Arsenal look well on the way to winning early on in the season.

The FA Cup, which is the last trophy Arsenal managed to win; the UEFA Champions League is also on offer, where Arsenal suffered their first loss since the opening day of the Premier League against Dortmund; the Capital One Cup which the Gunners came close to last season but lost on a penalty shoot-out against Bradford City.

These four major competitions are all achievable for Arsenal and with the move for Mesut Özil and the club's great form at the moment, they surely will focus on ending their infamous trophy drought.

But the question is, do Arsenal need more youth or experience to help achieve this aim? There is a nice mixture in the current squad at the Emirates with Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud bringing familiarity to match days.

Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Serge Gnabry are also included in the in-form squad with their youthful nature helping the team carry on its top four qualification legacy. Another question that crosses the minds of the Arsenal fans is that should their team be challenging for more every year rather than settling for the third or fourth position.

Arsenal face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. This game will see if Arsenal are challenging for a trophy despite being top of the Premier League as it stands.

The line up Arsene Wenger chooses will play a big part in the game especially if Chelsea put out a strong squad - which is expected. Obviously Arsenal will want to win all of their games which means laying out your best side every game but if this is the case, injuries and general fitness could disrupt the flow of the current squad's Premier League form.

If Arsenal manage to keep the results going their way up into the January transfer window, things can only get better for the club on their journey to end their prize deficiency. Arsenal obviously need squad depth so the January transfer window will potentially come at the right time for them. Many feel a new prolific striker would be extremely beneficial to the Gunners - or is young promising striker to learn behind Giroud what they actually need?

Some reported targets for Arsenal are Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Diego Costa. These players are known for their goal scoring records and a move for Benzema would see him follow his former team mate Özil to the Emirates from Real Madrid.

Lewandowski has been reported to be available for just £7m. Costa might not be as high profile as Lewandowski or Benzema but he is the top goal scorer in the Liga BBVA over Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment. Some younger targets who have been rumoured for a move to the Emirates are winger Julian Draxler, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jese Rodriguez - who scored in the El Clasico this weekend.

Any of the players mentioned would add more depth to the squad but it is just the question of the present or the future for Arsenal. Do they go for experience or youth?

Which of the targets mentioned would you like to see Arsenal sign in the January transfer window?

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