Arsenal finished third in the previous season, and considering their horrendous performances at the start of the campaign, it should be considered a very good achievement.
Robin van Persie was the key to Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League in the 2012-13 season and has been brilliant in the last 18 months. The Gunners have signed experienced Germany international Lukas Podolski and French league's top scorer Olivier Giroud, and the manager has looked to strengthen his forward line for this season.
However, they have been hit hard by Robin van Persie's official statement (h/t robinvanpersie.com) that he will not sign a new contract. With only one more year left to go on his current deal, Arsenal might have to sell him in order to not lose him on a free transfer.
As of now, it looks like Arsenal are primed to lose their second captain in two years and it will be a huge blow to the Gunners, who have stuck beside Van Persie during his injuries and temperament issues in the past. However, the future does not look bleak for the Gunners as they have already made two very good signings in Podolski and Giroud, who can both play in a central role and both were prolific for their respective sides in the previous season.
Olivier Giroud, in particular, could be one to watch out for in the next season and is a player who is suited only to play centrally. He relishes the physical side of the game and is also intelligent in linking up with other attacking players, which he will be required to do in Arsenal's fluid style of play. Though he will be under huge pressure to start his Arsenal career with plenty of goals, he is someone who has handled big pressure in the past having made rapid progress from Ligue 2 with Tours to Arsenal in a few years.
The tall French striker did not get much playing time in the Euro 2012 tournament where Karim Benzema was preferred ahead of the new Arsenal forward. However, he is someone with a lot of quality and does have a lethal left foot which he used to score several goals for Montpellier last season.
Wenger is a very intelligent manager when it comes to integrating new players to his side, and he will look to find ways to get the best out of Giroud in the next few seasons. Here are some ways Wenger could get Giroud to perform at his best for the Gunners.