With Arsenal struggling to finish in the top four last season, failing to dominate in any of the three domestic competitions available to big clubs, and crashing out of the Champions League after a poor 3-1 home defeat to the German treble-winning giants Bayern Munich, it seems they were unable to break the cycle of having an underwhelming season year after year.
And without a change of personnel being imminent, it didn’t seem to be changing anytime soon, much to the dismay of the aggravated fans. However, the fans were handed a lifeline amid reports in late May that Arsenal were going to become a financial superpower and compete with the biggest and the best in the transfer market.
But as the weeks went on, failed bids came thick and fast, with the Luis Suarez saga being one of the main talking points among the press. And as what seemed to be the longest transfer windows in history, particularly for north London clubs, it was expected that Arsenal would go without making a big-name signing that they so desperately needed.
But as he promised, Arsene Wenger delivered in the form of German international and established Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil.
It was the transfer that Arsenal fans had been waiting for what seems like an eternity after a host of big names and club legends had departed the club over the last decade.
The German talisman isn’t the only thing to get Arsenal fans excited about, as players have been hitting form as of late. Performances by 22-year-old Welshman Aaron Ramsey have silenced many critics, and Arsene Wenger has publicly praised him on more than one occasion for his development and ability to carry the team to victory, with presentations that have made him an indispensable member of the Gunners squad as of late.
Another player who has shone particularly is former Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, who already has four goals in four league appearances this season.
With other players like Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs all showing the same consistent form that they did throughout last season, add the stability and experience of Flamini, combined with the pure brilliance and ability of Özil, it's hard to argue that Arsenal are unable to put up a fight this year for cup competitions.
As for the league, only time will tell. All of the top six clubs in the league have been strengthened in depth and talent. But with Chelsea, and both Manchester clubs having a change in management, the greatest time for Arsenal to capitalise would be now, and Wenger clearly sees this.
Arsenal’s biggest problem could be injuries, as this has always been a problem that has jinxed the dressing room at the Emirates Stadium, with Arteta, Podolski, Chamberlain, Cazorla, Mertersacker, Giroud, Diaby, Rosicky all among the medical crew's to do list, it could be that bad luck could be Arsenal’s biggest hinder this season.
But if the Gunners are able to stay on top of their game this season, with players coming through the ranks and starting to hit the form they’ve been expected to reach, then there is no reason why this can’t be the season that many Arsenal fans have been waiting for - or at least be the start of a new direction for the club.
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