With the 2014/15 Premier League season just days away, its only natural to talk about who the title contenders are, who will make top four and who will be relegated to the Championship. No club seems to divide opinion quite like Arsenal.
It seems like almost every season for the past decade that Arsenal have been billed as title contenders with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
But the problem that the Gunners always seem to face is that they always seem to fall at the final hurdle due to injuries.
Last season was a prime example of this. Arsenal led the Premier League table for 128 days, more than any club during that season yet, as usual, ended up in fourth place. However, winning the FA Cup in May, which ended a nine-year trophy drought rubbed out any disappointment from their league form.
Over the summer Arsenal fans have experienced a rather unusual sensation. Arsene Wenger brought in great players early in the transfer window. The signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for £35 million was a huge signing. The winger had an impressive World Cup with the Chilean national side, scoring three goals in four games, and last season for Barcelona Sanchez filled the void that Lionel Messi had left during his two-month injury layoff.
Sanchez scored 19 goals in 34 appearances for Barcelona that season alone. Only Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa did better than the winger in La Liga's goalscoring charts.
Arsenal have also brought in not one but two right-backs. Mathieu Debuchy was the first to join the Gunners from Newcastle for £12 million. The Frenchman had been at the Tyneside club for two seasons.
The Gunners have also brought in Southampton youngster Calum Chambers for £16 million. The signing of Chambers came as a shock to the Arsenal fans, but it seems that Wenger has done some good business.
The 19-year-old is a right-back at heart, but can also play at centre back, a position that Arsenal are lacking of since the departure of club captain Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in early August.
The final signing Arsenal had made as of writing this is Colombian captain and goal keeper David Ospina, from Nice for an undisclosed fee. Arsenal had been looking for a back up keeper since the departure of Lukas Fabianski to Swansea in the summer. Ospina has plenty of first team experience with Nice and the 25-year-old had a fantastic World Cup with Colombia.
Their biggest challenge
The biggest challenge Arsenal face this season is not Chelsea. Not Manchester City and defiantly not Tottenham. The biggest challenge Arsenal will face is keeping their first team players fit enough to last the entire season.
In football, players get injured, but for Arsenal this is an increasing problem with every new season. Wenger has already 'signed' members of the Germany national team medical side.
If the four new members to Wenger's medical staff can keep first team players such as Ramsey, Wilshere and Gibbs, who are known for suffering from injuries, the Wenger's Arsenal side can go on to win the league and more.
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