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Arsenal have to aim for Premier League title this season

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The upcoming season looks very interesting for all clubs. New managers leave Spurs, Manchester United and Southampton wondering what kind of a season is in store for them. Will it be a fight for the top spot or will the clubs struggle to gel with their new ways of playing?

Tottenham have the task of completing a successful season still without that big name to replace Gareth Bale; however the north London club look as though the team is fixing together as Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are sparking in recent performers.

The possible additions of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, adding to the recent capture of Federico Fazio, could edge them towards that much craved top four spot.

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There is also the task of staying in the Premier League itself with QPR, Burnley and Leicester City all trying to beat the drop.

However, there is one team that haven't changed that much and now have the longest serving manager in the league - with Arsenal looking to progress after putting an end to their infamous trophy drought.

Wenger must adapt

Over the last eight years the Gunners have suffered with no prizes at all. This could be blamed on Arsene Wenger not adapting his ways to fit into the modern game. It is no longer football, it has become a business.

However, in Arsenal's defence they could argue that the planning and building of the Emirates Stadium wiped out the club's funds which they could have used to spend on players.

But after this drought and now the stadium debts have been dealt with, it looks like Arsenal are merging back into genuine title contenders rather than just a Champions League spot every year.

With the new modifications of teams like the big clubs changing managers, Arsenal could use these changes to their advantage in getting ahead of every other team; both in games and the transfer window.

New players needed

Three new players could transform Arsenal completely and will give them a high chance in a shot at the league or even the Champions League. For a team to be successful they need a top class keeper.

Manchester United have had Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar, while David De Gea is well on his way to joining that elite list of stoppers.

Chelsea have Petr Cech and now Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City are successful with Joe Hart as their shot-stopper. Arsenal have lacked this.

They had David Seaman and were successful, same thing with Jens Lehmann and after that the glory days ended. If a player gets through the defence there should always be the thought of having the task of beating the keeper which all top clubs have in their lockers unlike Arsenal as seen last season with heavy defeats to Liverpool, City and Chelsea.

Goalkeeper options?

Three possible candidates Arsenal could go for are unsettled Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, PSG shot stopper Salvatore Sirigu and Stoke City star Asmir Begović. These three keepers have proved over their careers that they too have this stanza of not being beaten easily.

All successful clubs have a big mouthed centre-back. For example: Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidić, John Terry and Sergio Ramos. Arsenal previously had Kolo Touré, Sol Campbell and Tony Adams who all controlled the back four resulting in a solid team overall.

Centre-back recruit...

There’s no denying that Arsenal don’t have quality at the back; Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker had a solid partnership last season. Currently Arsenal are missing this captain figure, although Mertesacker is beginning to show sings of a leader.

Three sensible and realistic players could be Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and previous Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels.

All three of these players have a controlled way of playing and could easily improve the current Arsenal squad. These players are all part of big clubs so bids may be higher than usual, particularly as the rivalry of the clubs play big factor.

Chelseas’s addditon of Felipe Luis could see Ivanovic move away from the club. Also Liverpool’s purchase of Dejan Lovren may means Agger is on his way out.

Striker reinforcements

Finally, all big clubs have an outright top class striker in which Arsenal had Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and golden boot winner Robin van Persie. However, a striker needs a whole team behind him; he can’t do it all himself which was Arsenal's problem when they had Van Persie.

The big name was there but the rest of the team like the captain role centre-back and a world class keeper wasn't. Before, Van Persie Manchester United had Wayne Rooney as their big named player. Chelsea had Drogba and have also singed Diego Costa to play at Stamford Bridge week in week out.

Manchester City have invested in big named strikers including Álvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetić and the famous Sergio Aguero which makes them a successful club.

Arsenal's potential big named striker could be the Uruguay international Edinson Cavani, goal scorer Radamel Falcao or want away Jackson Martinez. All South American players, which is where the starts are looking to be emerging from, one of these players would see them partner Alexis Sanchez in the attacking force.

Recent reports suggest that Falcao is interested in an Arsenal loan deal with a possible permanent move at the end of the season which will benefit the Gunners very well. £20 million it would cost to bring him in for the year but a mid-week Champions League victory means that the Gunner will receive £25 million so the deal is likely to go through.

Like I said before, a successful club needs a class player in every position. Arsenal's midfield is sorted for the present and the future with a list to choose from including the likes of Jack Wilshere, in form Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, however a defensive midfielder may be the better option than Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini who are getting on a bit now; possibly a move for William Carvalho or Sami Khedira.

The club needs an experienced keeper, a world class centre-back to fill the captain role, and a world renowned striker known for his prolific goalscoring record.

There are four trophies on offer for Arsenal to clinch this season. With players filling these positions Arsenal will have a strong chance of winning the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup. If all backfires for all the other clubs with their new managers, Arsenal could easily silence the mouths of millions.

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