Arsenal are moving slowly and painfully towards their longest trophy drought in more than two decades. For eight years, between their FA Cup victory over Manchester United in 1979 and the defeat of Liverpool in the 1987 League Cup final, Gunners fans were starved of silverware. Now, in 2011, six years after their last major title, supporters are hungrier and more frustrated than they have ever been.
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Gary Cahill (Bolton) A good defender, he has progressed into the England set-up and quite rightly so. Can he play at the top level? You never know until a player signs. Playing at a big club is different to playing at a club that's not expected to win something every year, though you might say that Arsenal are now going into that category but the tradition of the club says you need to be on your game week in week out.
Chris Samba (Blackburn): I watched him when Blackburn played Arsenal at the Emirates and was amazed to see how many times the ball hit him in the box, and that's a good thing. I watched him off the ball, and his positional play was first class that day. In that mould of Tony Adams, John Terry - in the box the ball tends to gravitate towards where they're standing. I don't know whether he is mobile enough to be able to play in an Arsenal back four but I'm there to be proved wrong.
Scott Parker (West Ham): I've been a big fan of Scott Parker's for years. I think if you took his performances last season for West Ham and put them in the Arsenal team it would go a long way to filling a few gaps. He's got a great engine, he's a good passer of the ball and he can get from box to box and score the odd goal. With Arsene's history, you'd have to say his age might go against him because he 's not a big believer in the magical 30. Saying that, when he first came to the club in 1996, he had the whole back four 30 upwards and I played for another six years under him. I did have to nick a contract every year off him, he makes you earn it!
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): I know he's a player who Arsene likes a lot. I think they've sniffed around him a few times in the past, but he went to Madrid. He is a player you can see fitting in with the way Arsenal play their football and he's got a real European pedigree. His wages might be a bit high though, he might have to lower his demands.