Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger must be wondering what has hit them this summer. There is intense media speculation, more about the players that the Gunners are likely to lose than those likely to come in.
The likes of captain Cesc Fabregas and star midfielder Samir Nasri are looking for the exit door while left back Gael Clichy has already found it and left.
If Wenger loses his captain and Nasri, this will not only be a body blow to the club, but central to their footballing philosophy. These players in the midfield play the game the way Wenger wants football to be played: gracefully and beautifully.
But with pressure mounting on Wenger to freshen up what was starting to look like a stale squad during the latter half of the season, the key question is, who is coming into Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Gunners never really spend big on many players, but this summer, it appears that Wenger is going to have to go out of his comfort zone and sign players that are already proven English Premier League stars or European- and world-renowned players.
The fans will probably not be interested in the usual Wenger signing, who is most often French (or French speaking), young, unknown and has potential.
Established household names and well-proven players are what Arsenal need.