It has been eight years since Arsenal won a trophy, but this season might be the year for them.
With the many transfer speculations that accompany Arsenal every year, we look at the most likely transfers to happen this season and what the Gunners' ideal lineup for the 2013/2014 season could be.
Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar
The Brazilian shot stopper is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and with QPR recently being relegated into the Championship, it's more than likely that he's going to transfer away. Arsenal are out to buy a goalkeeper to give Szczęsny some competition as his recent performances have been very inconsistent. Cesar would be the right man for the job.
Right Back: Bacary Sagna
Last season was a horrid season for Sagna, and the french international has been linked with moved away from the Emirates, with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco both reported in for his signature. He'll more than likely stay, but Sagna needs to up his game this season if Arsenal are serious about contending for the title.
Center Back: Ashley Williams
The Welshman really made his name in the Premier League last season, captaining Swansea City to 9th place in the league and to their first major cup by winning the Capital One cup against Bradford City. Linked with many Premier League teams, Arsenal are in need of defenders and Williams would be a great addition to the team. With Wenger already interested, could Williams be wearing the cannon next season?
Center Back: Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny's performances have been criticised majorly over recent seasons but last year was without doubt his best in an Arsenal shirt. Him and Mertesacker together made a powerful partnership at the back, going on a 10-game unbeaten run at the end of the season, can Arsenal continue this form at the start of this season?
Left Back: Kieran Gibbs
The young Englishman had a very good season this year just gone, scoring and creating goals as well as defending against them. He had a good year, when he played that is, as he did pick up a thigh-injury against Liverpool and then with the arrival of Nacho Monreal his playing time was limited. Next season, I believe he'll be the number one left back and if he continues his great form could be a real rock at the back.
Center Mid: Mikel Arteta
The Spaniard had another cracking season, but this time in a more defensive role to cover the hole in which Alex Song left. His passing has been exquisite as well as his popping in a few goals but, at the age of 31 and coming near the end of his peak, he's more than likely going to start decreasing if not this season then next. Arsenal need to get a new defensive-midfielder, and quick.
Center Mid: Santi Cazorla
Arsenal's shining star along with Theo Walcott last season, the short and agile Spaniard really made a name for himself last season. When Arsene Wenger first signed Cazorla, very little people knew who he was and criticised Wenger for not signing a big name, but Cazorla showed us just what a great player he is. He is the hub of Arsenal's midfield, and if they can get a decent striker, Cazorla will assist and score many goals in the 2013/14 season.
Center Mid: Cesc Fabregas
A popular name at the Emirates, Cesc Fabregas was once the captain of Arsenal until his boyhood team came calling and he just could not resist the temptation to agree to join. Fabregas is an all-round great attacking-midfielder, he can score and is a passing genius, and with Arsenal having first choice in his contract, the midfielder could very well be returning to Arsenal if Manchester United active his release clause.
Left Mid: Bernard
The pacey Brazilian has already accumulated five caps for Brazil, as well as winning the 2013 Confederations Cup. The 20-year old has been linked with many big teams around the world, but it looks like Arsenal are the ones who are serious about really signing him. The Brazilian would bring something new to the Arsenal team; he'd bring skill. He also has an attribute that most Arsenal players do; pace. Could Bernard be the next Ronaldinho or Kaka?
Right Mid: Theo Walcott
The lightning fast right-sided midfielder seems to now be happy to stay at the Emirates, after signing a new five-year contract with the Gunners. He hasn't really been given so many chances up-front, but Arsenal's top scorer last season will be crucial this time around if they're serious about competing for the league.
Striker: Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan looks set on his move to the Gunners, after the best season of his career yet. Yes, Suarez brings a negative track record and has had some bad runnings and bans, but I genuinely believe Wenger would be able to control him. With Bernard, Walcott, Cazorla and Fabregas providing Suarez with chances, there is no reason why he can't win the Golden Boot this season with Arsenal.
Szczęsny, Monreal, Mertesacker, Ramsey, Wilshere, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Giroud
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