I may be just another hopeful Arsenal fan but despite so many disappointing years as of late, right now is the best time in a long time to be a Gooner.
True, Arsene Wenger hasn’t dipped into his so-called huge budget to make a few world-class signings, but for once he has a mostly healthy squad heading into the new Premier League season.
There are some hopeful, yet not so unrealistic, reasons why Arsenal will win the Premier League this season.
As previously mentioned, in years past, the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, to name but a few, have missed serious chunks of the season, putting Arsenal on the back foot for long periods throughout the season.
But with the new season upon us, Arsene Wenger has a relatively healthy squad to pick his best starting XI from.
Secondly, the pre-season has been a good sign of what to expect from players like Olivier Giroud, who has been on a goal-scoring tear.
Although it looks as if Wenger is unlikely to sign Luis Suarez – the so called “missing piece” for Arsenal – things might not be so bad if Giroud can keep up his goal scoring.
Hopefully Wenger can secure the signing of Luiz Gustavo, which would complete the Arsenal midfield in a sense, and add some much needed depth for the long and gruelling season.
Wenger would have options at the defensive midfield spot between Gustavo and Arteta, allowing Wilshere and Cazorla more freedom to play higher up the field.
The three other teams that are expected to challenge for the title this year, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs, all have new managers, which will mean a period of adjustment.
Thus Arsenal may have the upper hand in terms of stability; also, unlike the most recent seasons, Wenger has managed to keep all of his most talented stars.
With the young squad that he had last season, keeping young players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Carl Jenkinson around has been very beneficial in terms of both their growth individually, and the growth of the team as a whole.
For once, there are no run away favourites for the league this season and so much instability within some of the other bigger clubs, hopefully with another signing or two to add some depth in the striker role, Arsene Wenger has put together and kept a now experienced – yet still youthful – group that will challenge for silverware this season.
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