A weekend loss to North London rival Tottenham was a serious blow to Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the top four. It also jump-started the talk among fans about potential summer additions to boost the squad for next season.
Although there's still 10 league matches and a Champions League clash with Bayern Munich left to play, it would take a remarkable turnaround down the stretch to turn the campaign into a successful one. At least by the always-high standards at the Emirates.
Knowing that, let's take a look at some players the Gunners could be targeting during the summer window to bolster the squad.
Yohan Cabaye has been one of the few bright spots during an otherwise forgettable season for Newcastle. He's scored five goals in 17 Premier League appearances and further established himself as one of the league's most reliable workhorse midfielders.
Matt Law of the Daily Mirror reports Cabaye is one of the players Arsene Wenger will attempt to land if his club isn't able to fight back and earn a Champions League berth, which would limit the number of top-end options interested in the Gunners.
The best thing about Cabaye is his versatility. Arsenal could really use another midfielder capable of incorporating some creativity into the attack without being a defensive liability. The France international certainly fits the mold.
Which of these players would be the best target?
Should Arsenal attempt to add more of a pure defensive midfielder, Etienne Capoue would be an intriguing option. The 24-year-old Toulouse star has actually improved his work in the attacking third in recent years but remains a defense-first player.
Since the Gunners opted against finding a direct replacement for Alex Song, they have played without a traditional holding midfielder. Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph reports Capoue remains a top option to fill the void after the club missed out on him in January.
Adding Capoue to the mix would go a long way to round out Arsenal's lineup. Although the goal-scoring concerns were eliminated, the lack of consistency on the back end has limited their ability to make a serious run. He would help address that issue.
Another position Arsenal may look to upgrade in the summer is goalkeeper. Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone have both had their moments, but neither keeper has been able to prove they are the definitive long-term option for the Gunners.
One player who's turned a lot of heads is Simon Mignolet, who's starred for Sunderland. The 24-year-old Belgian has been a steady presence between the pipes for a squad that's struggled to produce offense. He's kept them from a serious relegation battle.
This is one situation where it will all depend on the asking price. The aforementioned Daily Mirror report mentions him alongside Cabaye as a potential option, but the Gunners won't want to overspend on a keeper with other needs to fill.