As Arsenal fans we often get to the end of each season in recent times disappointed with how the campaign has gone got often optimistic about how the summer months pan out.
Pundits and journalists alike almost routinely come together to give their verdict on what the Gunners need to do between May and the start of the next season. Year after year we’re told that Arsene Wenger needs to spend big and rid the club of the deadwood if we’re to end our trophy drought.
And by the time we arrive the day after deadline day, we’re left somewhat deflated with that familiar feeling that yet again Arsenal have failed to bring in the top talent we so desperately need.
However, things seem to be going in a rather different direction this year.
Starting with the players on their way out of the Emirates, it’s as if the club has gone through each individual player and listed them as either needed, or surplus to requirements. With a mixture of youth players and reserve seniors such as Manuel Almunia already released from their contracts, Wenger is keen to rid the team of many others who he sees as unfit to wear the shirt.
It’s mainly the more senior players who found themselves out on loan last year that look likely to get the chop with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Carlos Vela all looking certain to on the way out of the Emirates Stadium.
It will be a difficult task to find suitors for these players due to their high wages, with other players such as Sebastien Squillaci more than happy to get paid an enormous amount for doing next to nothing. Yet Wenger has shown his intentions and hopefully will be able to free up money and space to bring in some better talent.
On the topic of better talent, we have been treated well so far.
Before the last campaign had even ended we were told that FC Koln captain Lukas Podolski would be arriving at the Emirates for a fee of around £11m.
The former Bayern Munich striker will come to Arsenal with over Germany 100 caps to his name and will be able to player in a number of attacking positions.
If that wasn’t exciting enough for you, in the last few days it looks almost certain as if Ligue 1 top scorer Olivier Giroud will be Wenger’s second signing of the summer.
The man who won the French championship with Montpellier last year is set to join the club after Euro 2012 for roughly £12m.
Two players of the highest calibre, who will go a long way to improving the team.
Likewise Rennes hardman Yann M’Vila has spoken of his desire to join the Gunners although he would cost significantly more than both Podolski and Giroud.
Yet from what we’ve seen so far, Wenger means business as he looks to try and persuade Alex Song, Theo Walcott and, most importantly, Robin Van Persie to continue plying their trade with Arsenal.
It could be an exciting few months ahead for Arsenal fans, and a shake-up that the club has been longing for.