Despite a terrific second-half to the season, Arsenal have once again fallen short in their bid to win the Premier League.
Monday’s defeat to Swansea can certainly be considered as a minor blip after a great run of form saw them emerge, for a moment at least, as outside contenders for this season’s crown, and there’s plenty of positives to take from the campaign.
Having settled for fourth for the past few seasons, a second-placed finish will go down as a great improvement and big step in the right direction as they look to challenge for the main prize over the next few seasons.
And after putting together a strong looking squad, it might just take the arrival of two or three big names to ensure Arsenal can be considered genuine title challengers next season.
With the transfer rumours in full swing, here are five stars who could soon be on their way to the Emirates as they look to dethrone Chelsea next season…
Despite the efforts of David Ospina, it’s no secret Arsenal are looking to bring in a world class goalkeeper to help lead a title charge next season, and Chelsea’s Petr Cech could be their man.
Having fallen behind Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old has been given permission to talk to other clubs in search for first team football, and the Gunners are firm favourites to a complete a £10m deal for the Czech international.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will allow a move to one of their title rivals, but if Arsenal can pull it off it would prove a significant statement of intent heading into the next campaign.
Arsene Wenger could also be in the market for another central defender this summer, and Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels is certainly one individual he will have his eye on.
It’s widely expected that the German star will leave Dortmund at the end of the campaign after a successful spell at the Bundesliga outfit, and the 26-year-old has a host of clubs chasing his signature.
Manchester United look to be in pole position to secure the services of the world cup winner, however it won’t stop Arsenal trying to snap up one of the world’s best centre-backs.
Another area Wenger will be looking to strengthen is in central midfield, and a name heavily linked with a move to the Emirates is Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Following another impressive season at St Mary’s, there’s plenty of interest in the 25-year-old Frenchman from a variety of Premier League clubs, but Arsenal are thought to be leading the way with reports suggesting that a deal is already in place to bring him to North London.
Tottenham look set to rival the Gunners for his signature, but the lure of Champions League football mean it’s unlikely he will seek a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino and instead will opt for a move to the Emirates when the transfer window opens.
It’s certainly an unlikely one, but a possible move to Arsenal for Juventus star Paul Pogba is one that has certainly gathered pace this week with reports linking the French prodigy with a shock transfer to the Gunners.
Having helped his side land another Serie A title before booking their place in the Champions League final, it’s thought this could be Pogba’s last season in Italy.
As one of Europe’s most wanted stars, the battle for 22-year-old will be an almighty one with all the big clubs interested in the midfielder.
It would be a surprise were Arsenal willing to pay the rumoured £70m price tag, but were they to somehow pull off a deal for the Juve man, it would certainly boost their chances of a Premier League title next season.
Olivier Giroud has certainly not disappointed this season, but going forward it could take the arrival of another world class centre-forward to take Arsenal to the next level.
And one man who would do just that is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who is another that has been linked with a switch to the Gunners this week.
Reports in Spain suggest Madrid could be prepared to cash in on the Frenchman as they look to bring in a more prolific replacement, who could better his 22 goals in all competitions this season.
At £40m, he won’t come cheap, but there’s no way Arsenal would turn their nose up at that kind of return, and as a proven goalscorer at the highest level he’s a player that would significantly improve the team were he to sign this summer.