Although Arsenal finally ended their trophy drought by winning the FA Cup last season, I am certain that their fans would prefer to se them challenging for the League title. I very much doubt that they will be in a position to do that this season.
Arsenal are a side that play incredibly attractive football at the start and finish of a season. However, all of their good work is undone in the middle of the season when their players seem to struggle with the cold weather and heavier pitches.
They don’t have a Plan B for when the silky passing isn’t working, and haven’t bought enough new players in to be real title challengers just yet.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez will only add to their already considerable strengths in the wide attacking areas. Mesut Ozil will be raring to go after helping Germany win the World Cup.
Aaron Ramsay will be keen to show that his magnificent form from last season wasn’t a one-off. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is showing signs of becoming hugely influential in a central role, and Theo Walcott will hopefully return from injury as good as new.
Areas of concern
However, it is in defence and defensive midfield that strengthening was, and still is, required. Arsenal have been linked with Sami Khedira all summer, but no move has been made on that front.
Mikel Arteta is not a holding midfielder, and Jack Wilshere has yet to fully live up to his potential. In defence, Mathieu Debuchy is a good player, but has come in as a like for like replacement for another good player who has left in Bacary Sagna.
Not enough added
As a result, it can’t really be argued that he has improved the side, whilst Callum Chambers is very much one for the future. Arsenal fans love “Big” Per Mertesacker, but he takes an eternity to turn around, and is highly susceptible to pace.
That, coupled with the fact that Arsenal don’t possess any truly exceptional holding midfield players and struggle to keep key players injury free all season, means that I believe they will finish 3rd this season, without ever genuinely challenging for the title.