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The Insider's View: Arsenal's European hopes depend on one massive factor as transfer window draws to a close

So with a new Premier League season dawning on us, what should be the target for Arsenal next term?

Well, it’s difficult to place a particular goal with the club yet to complete a desperately needed overhaul.

However, without European football, next season’s aspirations definitely includes qualifying for Europe.

European football is a must for Arsenal next Premier League season

Anything but qualification for the Europa League or the Champions League should be considered a failure.

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There’s no excuse for Mikel Arteta next year. The Spaniard becomes the first manager since Bruce Rioch to take charge of an Arsenal side without European football.

Arsenal have a fairly juicy schedule in the upcoming Premier League season. Depending on how well the club does in the cup competitions, the end of next term could be nothing but league football.

Early exits from the FA Cup and Carabao Cup means the club will be playing once a week on most occasions. And when you couple that with all their rivals most likely entering the latter stages of Europe, it sets up the club nicely.

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Despite no Europe, first team squad will hamper Arsenal next season

There’s just over two weeks remaining in the transfer window. And it’s a pivotal time for the Gunners.

They desperately require additions in goal, attacking midfield, and up front. However, there are no concrete links with players right now.

As a matter of fact, their prospective move for Aaron Ramsdale fell through mere hours after it was in ‘advanced talks’.

Entering this season with a similar squad as last campaign will prove disastrous. Even without European football, I’d expect the club to finish in and around eighth.

So, with all the factors combined, what is the club’s target?

If they manage to secure some late deals, Europa League is the minimum requirement.

And if they do not? Get ready for 10 months of pulling your hair out.

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