Substitutes in the Arsenal squad are perhaps some of the best in the world, as Arsenal's subs are almost at the same level as the starters. And because the North London outfit tends to have more than the average amount of injuries, their subs get more playing time than most, and can often play more than a starter just because of a prolonged injury (cough cough, van Persie).
So without further ado, here is what the Arsenal bench should look like next season.
Although Fabianski has had some hilarious bloopers in previous seasons, he shaped up to be an excellent shot-stopper this season, with outstanding performances against Manchester City and Wolves. However, his sudden injury halted his progress, giving young compatriot Wojciech Szczesny a chance in the spotlight.
Nonetheless, Fabianski should be back from the physio room next season and ready to fight for the No. 1 spot.
It's been going around the football world that Arsenal have prepared an offer for Blackburn's Christopher Samba, and it's extremely likely that the Congo international will complete his move to the Emirates very soon.
Buying Samba would be an extremely intelligent transfer for Arsene Wenger to make, as he has everything that Arsenal needed this season. He's a mountain of a centre back, standing tall at 6'4", meaning Arsenal would have no more trouble with set pieces.
As the current captain of Blackburn, Samba has the leadership abilities that Arsenal lack, and if he was to captain the Gunners he could be the tough captain that Arsenal so badly needed this season, the kind that Patrick Vieira was.
Because Vertonghen is bound for the super-rich Man City, don't be surprised if you see Samba as a starter rather than a sub next season for Arsenal, and with Samba in the starting lineup, it's a lot easier to see Arsenal ending their trophy drought.
Djourou had the best season of his life so far, and was one of the most improved players in the Premier League. He really stepped up in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen, forming a stellar defensive partnership with Laurent Koscielny.
Although Djourou made the occasional costly mistake, he made up for them with solid performances week in week out. It's reassuring to know that he's the backup centre back if anything happened to the starters, and providing that he continues to mature at the same rate, Djourou could find himself as one of the starting centre backs in the years to come.
Koscielny had a very shaky start to his first season at Arsenal, but soon moved from strength to strength as the season progressed. Like I said before, he and Djourou formed a solid defensive partnership, and Koscielny's most notable performance was certainly the one against Manchester United, where he stood as the backbone of the defense.
On top of this, Koscielny scores a goal every now and then due to his skillful header of the ball, scoring the winner against Everton off of a corner kick.
All in all, Koscielny will be a good player to have on the bench, but won't be much competition for the tough centre backs that Arsene Wenger is looking to bring in.
Arshavin had an interesting season, receiving tons of criticism from Arsenal fans, some even demanding his departure from North London. But if you look at the statistics, Arshavin didn't actually have that bad of a season, with 11 assists and six goals in the league.
The Russian dynamo is arguably Arsenal's most unpredictable player, adding a bit of an X-factor to the side. Some matches he'll bomb, with the fans booing him off, while in other matches he'll be the hero, scoring the winner against Barcelona.
With Arsenal's gameplay being so predictable, it's good to have a player like Arshavin to mix it up and add some unpredictability to the side. Arshavin is a world-class player, and Wenger should try to keep him at the Emirates for as long as possible.
While most of the other transfers on this list are short-term ones that can help Arsenal win trophies in the near future, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be more of a long-term transfer. He was extremely close to joining Arsenal in January, but the move never seemed to materialize.
However, the young prospect is back up for grabs, and Arsenal are currently favourites to sign him. At only 17 years old, Chamberlain has been dubbed as the next Theo Walcott, due to his pace and the fact that Walcott was also a product of Southampton. Chamberlain's price tag isn't too high, and he'd definitely be worth it in the long run.
Like I said before, van Persie is prone to injury, so he needs a reliable backup. Chamakh was good in the beginning of the season, but doesn't seem like a player who can score goals week in week out. However, Gervinho does.
The Ivory Coast international is an overall outstanding player, and is good both in the air and on the ground. His dribbling abilities and footwork are incredible—just look it up on YouTube—and he's also a calm, accurate finisher. Both this combined with his header of the ball has some people calling him the next Adebayor, so what's not to like?
Overall, Gervinho would be a great addition to the squad.