Despite Arsenal's latest setback—the 2-1 defeat to Wigan—the team's recent form indicates that if Arsene Wenger makes strategic signings for next season, Arsenal could go from also-ran—their story in the last half-decade—to genuine contenders for the Premier League title.
Already, Wenger has indicated that his ambition for next season is to win either the league title or the Champions League, or both.
But while the current team has come a long way—from the early season shaky start, to overhauling a huge deficit to challenge neighbors Tottenham Hotspur for third place—to consolidate this remarkable turnaround, Wenger must supplement the current squad with a few solid signings.
Balanced purchases for me will include, perhaps, a couple of Europe's brightest stars and one or two experienced players, players with the kind of pedigree and experience both Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun brought to the current squad.
Accordingly, I sketch four dream formations that include possible transfer purchases for next season in the following.
These are mere dreams, what the reality will be like when the time comes will be another thing altogether.