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Why I Am Excited About Arsenal's 2013/14 Season

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Arsenal may be out of the Champions League but they went out with a bang - defeating tournament favourites and probably the best Bayern Munich side in ages, 2-0 in their own backyard.

It comes as a huge morale booster, especially as Arsenal had lost to Spurs 10 days earlier and while third place is still possible, let alone fourth, - more than anything - I am excited about next season.

Why? The main reason is continuity. For way too many seasons, Arsenal have lacked that key component of any title winning side - continuity. And this may be the first time since the Invincibles season that no key player or should I say, player in their prime is leaving Arsenal.

Of course, one can argue about the case of Bacary Sagna and his contract talks being broken down, but given his recent performances ever since the calendar year began, one may start to think he is past his prime or no longer needed considering the form of the improved Carl Jenkinson.

There is also the case of Thomas Vermaelen - he might be captain and he might have been one of the best defenders in the Premier League, but the captaincy has been a huge burden on him as his form has declined drastically with manager, Arsene Wenger more than possibly having dropped the skipper for the Bayern game as opposed to resting him.

In brief though, I can't see any player whom Wenger wants to keep leaving. This leaves Arsenal with their core bunch of players remaining intact at the club - the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Jenkinson, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud et al.

Arsenal can only improve now. With rumoured targets in Stevan Jovetic, Ashley Williams and more, we are finally improving rather than replacing - something Wenger has sought to do for a long time now.

Helping us attract players by paying top dollar along the way, are the departures of several fringe players whose contracts are up this summer - notably Sebastien Squillaci, Lukasz Fabianski (though I would like him to stay), and Andrei Arshavin who all earn a combined approximate of £145,000 per week.

Their departues would not only free up a bulk of the wage bill but three squad spaces while the possible departures of Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Johan Djourou, Park Chu Young and Marouane Chamakh would free up a combined approximate of £225k per week as well as some transfer money.

Kieran Gibbs - who is still injury prone - finally has a proper backup in Nacho Monreal who has done well so far while Joel Campbell has impressed on loan at Real Betis, with his versatility maybe offering Wenger some options up front next season as well.

Lastly, there is the continued impacts of Cazorla, Giroud and Lukas Podolski up front to look forward to as they head into their second seasons, fully adapted to life in England and the style of the team, while the steady rise of Wilshere will go on.

This season is yet to be concluded, but boy, am I ready for next season.

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