This season has been one of bitter disappointment for Arsenal and their failure to clinch for themselves a Champions League berth for the second season in succession was a major factor in Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave at the end of the season. The identity of the Frenchman’s successor remains to be seen at this stage of proceedings with numerous names being bandied about, these including Mikel Arteta, Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri. The Gunners nevertheless secured for themselves another stint in the Europa League and as such they will clearly be looking for some new faces to add to the ranks. The new Arsenal boss (whoever that will be) will likely seek a new goalkeeper and in this regard Stoke City’s Jack Butland will likely come into his line of sight given that he may be looking for pastures new following his side’s relegation to the Championship. Current keeper Petr Cech had an error-strewn season and it is expected that he will depart at some point over the coming weeks, this leaving a vacancy between the sticks at the Emirates Stadium.
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Elsewhere, Monaco’s Kamil Gilk is reportedly keen to leave the Ligue One side during the summer transfer window and Arsenal should certainly be looking to sign him up, particularly following the injury to Laurent Koscielny. Steven N’Zonzi could prove to be Arsenal’s answer to their lack of a decent defensive midfielder with the Frenchman close to moving to the north London club last summer. Similarly Wilfried Zaha should be on Arsenal’s list of requirements with the Ivorian putting in some excellent performances with Crystal Palace and certain to inject yet more pace into what is an attack-minded outfit.
In the opposite direction, Per Mertesacker has retired from the game and is in charge of the Arsenal Academy while Lucas Perez is unlikely to make a return following his loan spell with Deportivo La Coruna.
Predicted Arsenal Starting XI