A tumultuous season marred by injury and failure is nothing new to Arsenal fans, though to be this close to silverware in years and watch it painfully slip out of our grasp is just a little extra salt to our many wounds.
With Wenger keen to streamline the squad in the summer, dispensing with the half measures and aiming to bring in the quality signings, there's been a torrent of articles speculating who we will sign next. This article may be no different, but I don't think superstar signings are what we are missing.
I believe our squad needs quality and versatility—we've got plenty of players who can play on different flanks, but they often lack the quality when called up. With a smaller squad, we're going to need players who can play in different areas without losing the quality.
In defence just about every team in the top half has a right back who can slot in centre if needed, we've only got Song, who would be missed in the middle. Even then, none of our side backs can shift into the middle and Vermaelen can play left, though we wouldn't need him to.
In the middle there are the central midfielders who can rotate around just fine, some more attacking than others and some more defensive. We're pretty fine there, though a more defensive midfielder would be more welcome.
On the wings, more or less all the wingers can play on either flank but none can play up front. Up front, all our strikers could feasibly drop off to the right wing, but with Van Persie being injury prone and Bendtner rumoured to leave, there is room for a striker/winger who could fill in when needed.
So who could we bring in and where?