Arsenal will look to counterbalance the departure of certain figures this summer with the acquisition of fresh, new talent, having lifted a heavy burden from their shoulders thanks to the FA Cup triumph over Hull City earlier this month.
With that trophy in tow, the club will now seek to overcome bigger and more illustrious hurdles, an endeavour to which the securing of summer reinforcements will be paramount.
Arsene Wenger's side have taken no time in storming the headlines, becoming linked with a raft of star talents in recent days, with updates on a select few major names detailed ahead.
Serge Aurier, Toulouse
The impending exit of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City provides Arsenal with one space in their squad that's in need of filling as soon as possible, which is alleged to have led the North Londoners to Toulouse's Serge Aurier.
Sky Sports quote the right-back as being favourable toward the switch, too, with Aurier noting it would be difficult to turn Arsenal away:
It is true that I would be a bit disappointed to stay in Toulouse after a season like this one. I want to try something else. I have never prioritised a club in England as even the promoted clubs are respectable, so I would take the opportunity for the one that will show the most interest in me, that will give me the most game time.
After that, you can't really say no to Arsenal. It is a club with history, with a French manager, who has welcomed many France players. Plus, Arsenal are always thereabouts when it comes to trophies and a club that plays in the Champions League.
With Paris Saint-Germain interested, ESPN FC's Ligue 1 expert Jonathan Johnson even goes as far to suggest that Aurier would be a better long-term project than Barcelona's Dani Alves.
@rescoffi4 Supposedly. I think Aurier would be a better investment though.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 24, 2014
Sagna's absence promises to be telling, but could it be the Ivorian dynamo who's added to the club's roster in the hopes of achieving superior success?
Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona
For the second time in his career, Cesc Fabregas could move from Catalonia to North London, according to the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson.
The English giants have first option to buy the midfielder back, but Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft insists that he is not what the club need right now:
Agree! @kpsundayworld Fabregas: Arsenal - Legend BUT: Not the type of player Arsenal need no— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) May 19, 2014
Luis Enrique has just been appointed Barca manager and upon being quizzed about Fabregas' fate stated, per the Telegraph's Matt Law: “We shouldn’t make any decisions. There is time for everything.”
Sami Khedira, Real Madrid
The Gunners will be looking to add players of a certain calibre to their ranks first and foremost this summer, a box that Sami Khedira may tick after earning his Champions League winners' medal on Saturday.
The Mirror's Steve Stammers writes that the German international could be considered as an alternative to Fabregas, and he could be available to Arsenal for just £15 million with just one year remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu.
Khedira was among the less impressive players in Saturday's European Cup final in Lisbon, but OptaFranz points out just how special the achievement is for Joachim Low's World Cup squad member:
4 – Sami Khedira became the 4th German player to win the Champions League with a non-German club (Völler, Illgner, Hamann). Hungry.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 24, 2014
Arsenal director Lord Harris of Peckham this week commented on his club's eagerness to spend this summer, per Sky Sports, saying: "We will support Arsene with the players he wants to buy. He has always been encouraged to spend."