Last summer, Arsene Wenger didn’t buy a single senior outfield player.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the only man through the door but the French manager decided he didn’t need to strengthen the squad on the pitch.
However, after the Gunners missed out on the Premier League title for a 12th consecutive season, it’s hardly surprising to see Wenger splashing the cash this time around.
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Wenger’s contract expires at the end of next season and it seems that, if next campaign is to be his last at the Emirates, he wants to go out by winning the league for a fourth time.
Granit Xhaka has already been signed and reports on Friday evening suggested that Jamie Vardy is set to follow.
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So, we’ve taken a look at Arsenal’s potential starting line-up for next season:
GOALKEEPER - PETR CECH
The Czech had a solid debut season in north London and earned the Golden Glove with his 16 Premier League clean sheets.
RIGHT-BACK - HECTOR BELLERIN
Arsenal fans will be desperate to see the Spaniard in an Arsenal shirt next season but Barcelona may have something to say about that. A good performance in Euro 2016 and the Gunners may have a fight on their hands.
CENTRE-BACK - LAURENT KOSCIELNY
Koscielny could well be Arsenal’s club captain next season after Mikel Arteta leaves. The Frenchman has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league.
CENTRE-BACK - JEISON MURILLO
Per Metesacker isn’t getting under younger and Gabriel is still failing to convince Gooners. Therefore, a new centre-back could be on the cards this summer. They have been linked with Inter Milan’s Murillo and the 24-year-old would prove to be a great signing.
LEFT-BACK - NACHO MONREAL
The Spaniard has improved since arriving in 2013 and, although he’s far from spectacular, he’s solid enough to keep his place next season.
MIDFIELD - GRANIT XHAKA
After splashing out the best part of £30 million on the Swiss international, he is almost certain to start ahead of Mohamed Elneny. His work-rate and creativity will be a welcome addition for the Gunners.
MIDFIELD - JACK WILSHERE
He may have missed the majority of last season but there’s no doubting his quality. He will battle with Aaron Ramsey for a starting position.
RIGHT WING - JAMIE VARDY
Vardy’s natural position is obviously as a striker and putting him on the wing could be seen as detrimental, but hear us out. Vardy’s work-rate could be extremely important in this role and the flexibility of the formation would see him free to use his pace by coming inside and troubling defenders.
ATTACKING MIDFIELD - MESUT OZIL
The German enjoyed a brilliant campaign and Wenger will be hoping he can keep hold of the ‘Assist King’ over the coming months.
LEFT WING - ALEXIS SANCHEZ
He missed a chunk of the season but still managed 17 goals. The Chilean is a world-class talent and is still only 27-years-old.
STRIKER - ALVARO MORATA
It’s unlikely that Wenger will persist with Olivier Giroud next season and, if he doesn’t play Vardy up-front, he will need to sign another striker. They have been linked with Morata for many weeks now and it seems they are very interested in the young Spaniard.
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