Arsenal must sign Mats Hummels & Morgan Schneiderlin this summer

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So, it looks to be another season without winning the title for Arsenal. It's been 11 long years since the Gunners held the Premier League title in their hands.

However, Arsenal look on the up now, stringing together an impressive run of form in the league, which has seen them lose only twice since the turn of the year.

Here we will look at players that can give Arsenal that extra edge above their other competitors.

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Mats Hummels

One issue Arsenal seem to have had for a very long time now is a real character in the centre-back position. Long gone are the days of Tony Adams and Steve Bould, who marshalled the defence expertly.

Arsenal now have seemed to have settled for the experience of Per Mertesacker and the athletic ability of Laurent Koscielny.

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Koscielny has been arguably one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League over the last two seasons, but Mertesacker has looked shaky at times.

Mats Hummels has long been one of the best centre-backs in the world, with his commanding aerial ability, his athleticism, his knowledge of the game and above all, his leadership.

A man who was pivotal to Dortmund's road to the Champions League final back in 2013, one cannot help but believe Hummels would be able to plug the gap in the Arsenal defence and would signal intent to the other teams in the league.

Bernd Leno

Arsenal have not had a title-winning goalkeeper since the days of Jens Lehmann and David Seaman.

Fans have been looking to Wojciech Szczesny to be the man who can save games, and there's no doubting his ability, but his mental capabilities seem to let him down time and time again.

This season he has been replaced by David Ospina in the wake of a smoking controversy, after some pretty mediocre performances in the Gunners shirt.

One man who does not have this issue is 23-year-old Bernd Leno. The Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper has long been touted as the next best goalkeeper in the world.

At the mere age of twenty three, Leno has bags of potential, as well as possessing very good shot stopping quality and handling. David Ospina has been good for Arsenal, but only good; Arsenal need great, Leno can provide that.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Possibly the most obvious target of them all is Southampton's defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

There is no doubt that Francis Coquelin has been absolutely superb for Arsenal this season- they look a different team- but what happens when Coquelin gets injured, or faces suspension? Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta just do not cut it to play for Arsenal.

Morgan Schneiderlin however, offers Arsenal real quality in the defensive midfield role, as well as superb passing and vision.

Schneiderlin may not be brought in to replace Coquelin, but he'd definitely give his countryman something to think about. Imagine that, Coquelin and Schneiderlin controlling the midfield at Stamford Bridge.

Raheem Sterling

The contractual issues young Sterling seems to be having at Anfield has made him Europe's hottest property. With trickery to match anyone and pace to burn, Sterling is one of the craftiest young wingers in Europe.

Theo Walcott similarly seems to be having contract issues with Arsenal regarding his game time, and should there be no solution, Sterling should definitely be somebody the Gunners should go for.

Many have been talking about a swap deal with a bit of cash for Sterling, which in my opinion seems to be a very good piece of business. He's only 20-years-old and he's already Liverpool and England's main man. With Sterling on the right and Alexis Sanchez on the left, Arsenal's wings would be a feared force.

Paulo Dybala

Olivier Giroud has been in fine form for Arsenal this season, notching up fourteen goals in twenty one Premier League appearances. However, Giroud is twenty eight, so one cannot help but think his Arsenal career will be over in three years. Arsene Wenger will know this and will want somebody who can come in when Giroud is not firing, to give Arsenal goals.

A man who can do that is young Argentinian Paulo Dybala. Dybala is only 21-years-old and has scored an impressive thirteen goals this season. Regarded as the next Sergio Aguero, in Dybala, Arsenal would be signing a man who is capable of scoring goals.

With these additions in the summer, Arsenal would look very strong for a title charge next season, and possibly even European success.

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