Arsenal will struggle to keep hold of their best players this summer if any of Europe's elite come calling.
Another trophyless campaign looks to be in the offing at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners set to lose out on the Premier League title to Leicester City.
It means the club will have gone 12 years without lifting the trophy and, until they finally do so, could mean the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich will have no trouble luring their best players away from north London.
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Many believed Arsenal had the squad to finally win the Premier League when the season began last August.
Sure, no outfield players had been signed, but the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea meant they finally had a world-class goalkeeper amongst their ranks.
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However, what has unfolded is yet another season of disappointment, with a particularly bad February and March seeing them dumped out of the FA Cup and Champions League.
They're still in with an outside shot at the prize but, with Leicester and Tottenham enjoying their finest ever league campaigns, Arsene Wenger’s men are unlikely to end their wait for the title.
Signing superstars is one thing yet Arsenal's biggest battle this summer will be to keep the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The latter has enjoyed a fine campaign and clocked up 18 league assists - seven more than Riyad Mahrez of Leicester and David Silva of Manchester City - whilst Sanchez remains a world-class asset despite struggling to replicate last season's form.
Madrid are likely to strengthen this summer, particularly if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the club, and a return to Spain for Ozil is not out of the question despite being sold to the Gunners in 2013.
Sanchez, on the other hand, has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and the Chilean would no doubt be tempted to fill the void likely to be left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure.
The summer transfer window often proves a difficult time for the Gunners, with key players such as Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry all leaving over the years.
And this year could be no exception. Winning the league title is the best way to hold onto your biggest names and that's something Arsenal cannot provide.
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