Arsenal finished second! What an achievement! Well, not really. The fans still aren’t too happy and their greatest accolade from 2015/16 was finishing above Tottenham, so they really didn’t do that much in the end. Arsene Wenger faced furious fans with A4 pieces of paper, some echoey booing and, worst of all, had to watch his team fail to win the title again.
It could, as every summer could, be a massive off-season for the Gunners. Wenger needs his players to stay fit, for a start, and they are well aware that investment is crucial with several of the other big Premier League clubs looking to revamp their squad. Luckily, there is a ready-made scouting exercise in France, EURO 2016.
Arsene Wenger will surely have his eyes peeled, looking for the next star to leap out at him, but any tournament star will come at a premium.
We’ve got a little shortlist for ya, Arsenal fans…
Tipped by many to a world star in the future, Carvalho has come off the back of another impressive season with Sporting Lisbon and is likely to feature heavily for Portugal at the EUROs this summer.
His national team may not be in their all-time strongest state, but he could well make quite a mark on the tournament if they manage to make it to the latter stages.
Still in and out of the Real Madrid team, Isco is part of an immensely talented Spanish squad.
It is not yet known whether he will be one of the players cut from the preliminary squad, but the former Malaga midfielder would slot perfectly into the Arsenal side as a wide playmaker. Drifting in from the right, he could be a real threat with his mesmeric dribbling and eye for a pass.
Possibly one of the fastest players who will be in France this summer, Schalke’s Sane is the real deal.
The winger can play on either flank and would already be an upgrade on either of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has been a goal threat throughout this season and, although he may not appear much for Germany, he is a player that Arsenal fans should certainly keep an eye on in the future.
Signing a player from West Ham might not seem like the most dramatic addition to the Arsenal squad, however, Angelo Ogbonna is quicker than Per Mertesacker, more sensible than Gabriel and could be an ideal partner for Laurent Koscielny.
The Italian could struggle for minutes with the embarrassment for riches Conte has in the position, but he’s a player that has proven his ability in the Premier League and could be a brilliant left-field signing.
A hard-tackling, pinpoint passing deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka is everything that Arsenal need.
The Swiss international is only 23 and would be the perfect option for Wenger this summer. There is a possibility that the Gunners will move for the Borussia Monchengladbach man before the start of the EUROs, but he will certainly be key for the Switzerland side this summer.