A lot of adjectives can be used to describe what transfer windows are to Arsenal supporters. Frustrating, heartbreaking and soul-crushing all work, as do profitable and moneymaking.
Transfer windows are a period of time where a manager should look to strengthen his team, signing players that are needed in positions that are weakest. Ultimately, the squad should be stronger after the window than it was beforehand—but that's rarely been the case for Arsenal in recent years.
This summer, I think things will be different.
There's money to spend—apparently Arsene Wenger will be given a transfer kitty in the region of £70 million (telegraph.co.uk)—and even club chairman Peter Hill-Wood says that Arsenal will have the financial capability to spend big (Sky Sports).
Assuming it's true that Arsenal do have the funds to bring in some top-class players, Stevan Jovetic is someone that Arsenal have been heavily linked with recently and would be a brilliant addition to the squad (Metro.co.uk). Without Robin van Persie up front, Arsenal have had striking issues—it's as simple as that.
Olivier Giroud, despite reaching the 15-goal mark (in all competitions) during his first season in England, has been inconsistent and doesn't perform against top teams, nor does he seem to have the pace in order to become the prolific goal scorer that Arsenal need.
Theo Walcott, whose sheer pace can rip apart a weak defense, has been used up front as well, but his play is fairly one-dimensional. He's pretty useless in the air and isn't one for hold-up play.
Neither of the above two players should be sold. Both have improved a tremendous amount this season and will only get better.
But a new forward is a must in the summer. Jovetic is a perfect option. He's young, only 23 years old, and has enjoyed his best season yet with Fiorentina, getting 12 goals and four assists.
Speaking as a supporter, Jovetic is at the top of my list for desired summer purchases. But if £70 million really is the amount Arsenal have in the bank, then Wenger can strengthen in other key areas—in particular, a centre-back and midfield enforcer are needed.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves, Arsenal do have a history of empty promises and disappointment when it comes to transfer activity. But rumours like the one about the transfer budget are encouraging. Wenger himself says (per Arsenal.com) the club is able to spend money now, and even the past few signings like Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla have been steps in the right direction.
For once, Arsenal may have an exciting summer ahead.