Arsenal should head into the new season with more optimism than they entered the 2019/20 campaign.
The writing was on the wall for Unai Emery pretty early on, while Freddie Ljungberg just about steadied the ship before Mikel Arteta's December appointment.
Performances remained patchy at best but there were several positives to end the season. Granit Xhaka was successfully reintegrated into the side, David Luiz stood tall when the Gunners needed him most and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enhanced his reputation as arguably the finest centre forward in the division.
There was also silverware, with Arsenal 2-1 winners over Chelsea in the FA Cup final. But that can't gloss over an eighth-place Premier League finish, with a points tally only two better than Sheffield United and Burnley, and 10 points off fourth-placed Chelsea.
Arteta will know better than anyone the need for reinforcements, but the Spaniard could find himself hamstrung by finances.
Mesut Ozil's insistence on seeing out his contract - the German is the club's top earner on a reported £350,000 per week - means Arteta must decide whether to make use of the German's creative qualities or keep him as the world's most expensive outcast.
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