As Arsenal's 2012-13 campaign heads into the homestretch, it's safe to say that it's been a disappointing season for the Gunners—in fact, it's probably been the North London outfit's worst season since Arsene Wenger took the reins in 1996.
Arsenal currently lie in fifth place, five points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea and seven points behind third-place Tottenham. Perhaps what fans are most upset about is the fact that third and fourth place have become Arsenal's target in recent seasons, and the days when they challenged and often beat Manchester United at the top of the table are a distant memory—the Gunners are currently 24 points off of first-place United.
The most embarrassing bits of Arsenal's season, though, have been their fortune in the cup competitions. The nadir of the campaign came in December when Arsenal's humiliating loss to nPower League 2 side Bradford City on penalties saw the Premier League side crash out of the Capital One Cup.
As if that wasn't enough, Arsenal's FA Cup fifth-round exit came at the hands of nPower Championship side Blackburn in a 1-0 loss at the Emirates.
The only cup competition the Gunners currently still stand in is the Champions League, where they face a daunting task of taking on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
Arsenal need to bolster their squad this summer, with the key areas being the striker position and the defense.
Here are three signings that can take Arsenal to the next level, with one for each area of the pitch: a defender, a midfielder and a forward.