Arsenal and Arsene Wenger's transfer policy since 2004 has blighted the club like an ugly scar, and the club now looks certain to miss out on Stevan Jovetic. After months and months of indecision, Manchester City and Chelsea have moved ahead of the Gunners in the transfer queue.
According to The Daily Mail Arsenal is refusing to pay the £25 million Fiorentina want for the talented striker. The Daily Star is now reporting that Arsenal's London rivals Chelsea and City have entered the fray. This, in effect, has relegated the Gunners to the third team in the chase after leading the race since March when, according to The Daily Mail, he was Wenger's No. 1 transfer target.
To return to where they were in the halcyon days of the Invincibles and Double-Doubles, the Gunners need to sign a number of top-class players to revive their ills, and most especially a striker.
Depending upon who you read, Wenger has either £70 million, £150 million, or £35 million to spend in the summer. However, the fact that Arsenal won't go to £25 million from £20 million is disturbing. It sends a message out to the Gunners' fans that their club is now shopping at a certain level with a certain budget.
Whichever way you look at, it the Gunners need to spend and spend fast to improve the team.
Here, Bleacher Report looks at players who could revive the Gunners next season, if they miss out on Jovetic.