Arsenal 2011/12 Preview: Ins, Outs, Transfer Targets and Predictions

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Last Season

The 2011/12 season was another year of torture for the Clock End faithful. In February, Arsenal were on course for an unprecedented quadruple.

But defeat to Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final sent the Gunners season into a downward spiral.

Quikfire elimination from the Champions League (Barcelona) and FA Cup (Manchester United) left Arsenal with an uphill task of winning the Premier League.

But Arsene Wenger’s men had picked up a habit of throwing away leads, and therefore points, to Sunderland, Tottenham (twice) and Newcastle (after being 4-0 up at half-time).

These dropped points allied with home defeats to West Brom and Newcastle meant victories over Chelsea and Manchester United were rendered useless.

The final few months’ poor form caused the Gunners to go from Premier League contenders to just about holding onto fourth spot.

The season was not a complete disaster. The emergence of Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny caused great levels of optimism along the Holloway Road.

Beating Barcelona at the Emirates was undoubtedly the best result of the season, and Arsenal were close to eliminating the La Liga giants but for a red card for striker Robin van Persie at the Nou Camp.

But pressure is mounting on Wenger to end the six-year wait for silverware, and money has been made available for him to spend on strengthening key areas, notably the defence.

But all transfer incomings, except for the additions of Carl Jenkinson and Gervinho, seem to have stalled over player valuations.

A mass exodus was predicted but so far Denilson and Gael Clichy are the only departures.

But all activity has been overshadowed by two transfer sagas involving Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Fabregas has again been courted by Barcelona, but the Spanish and European champions are yet to match the £40million price tag.

Nasri, who has one-year left on his contract, has refused to sign a new deal and is attracting interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United.

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