Arsene Wenger's Arsenal are arguably close to something big. The season just gone has provided the Gunners faithful with signs of improvement following on from the previous seasons that saw them finish in fourth position in the Premier League.
Wenger has been unlucky once again during this campaign with the injuries to key players throughout the season. The Arsenal fans will be happy and excited with the hot prospects such as Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin, who have been remarkable this season.
However, if Arsenal are to win the Premier League next season, they must strengthen the spine of their team.
Arsenal fans will be purring at the transfer speculation which has been linking Real Madrid's Karim Benzema with a move to the north London side. Along with this there are strong reports that Wenger will sign Juventus' midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal in the summer transfer window.
With the addition of both of these players it is certainly possible for the Gunners to push for and claim the Premier League title in 2015/16.
Coquelin has been a revelation for Arsenal this season in the centre of the midfield, but with that being said one can certainly argue that Vidal would add the extra bit of class and enforcement that at times this Arsenal side lack.
The Chilean is one of Juventus' best players and highly regarded as one of the best midfielders in world football. His tenacity, aggression and drive could be the necessary ingredients that would make the Arsenal midfield one of the best in the Premier League. Vidal could in turn also be an excellent mentor for young Coquelin and would certainly aid him in his development.
Benzema meanwhile is a prolific striker who it would appear is well suited to the rough and tumble of the Premier League. He has scored 15 goals this season in La Liga and 22 in all competitions.
The French international is regarded as one of the top strikers in world football and would pose significant threats to rival teams in the league for Arsenal. With his addition it should not however take away from the fantastic season that Olivier Giroud has had.
When the Arsenal team play to his strengths he can be unplayable at times. He is an excellent target man up top and possesses a world class first touch, which is always a favourite for midfield players who get forward like those of Arsenal do.
Strength in numbers
Over the last two Premier League seasons the champions of each term - Manchester City in 2013/14 and Chelsea in 2014/15 - have had large squads with a number of top class international players in each position.
Diego Costa for Chelsea is backed by Loic Remy while Sergio Aguero of Manchester City has a wealth of renowned strikers behind him such as Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, both of whom are able to fill in when needed and not bereave the team of any quality.
Wenger must consider his squad size, which is already large, and strip away the ends he does not need. There are a certain few at Arsenal who can be let go and pave the way for a minimum of three players to arrive who would add genuine strength to the Arsenal spine.
Arsenal competed well against the so-called top four sides this season, and that is in stark contrast to previous seasons in which they have suffered many heavy defeats. To go to the extra level and to push on from finishing in third position Wenger must sign Vidal and Benzema.
Arsenal fans what do you think? Would the Gunners be credible title challengers with the two aforementioned players? Let us know in the comments box below.
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