Arsenal fans are excitedly looking forward to the new Premier League season with renewed hope that they can finally win a first league title since 2004.
The Gunners endured a trophyless campaign last term, but still finished second, ahead of fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who had, for much of the season, been Leicester City’s closest rival for the title.
Despite falling short this time around, there are reasons to be cheerful ahead of next season if you're an Arsenal fan.
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Here are three reasons why the big trophy could end up at the Emirates Stadium at the end of next season.
For years now, manager Arsene Wenger has been criticised for his refusal to invest in holding midfielders, and instead, prioritising technically-gifted flair players.
However, it looks like the Frenchman may have finally learnt his lesson with the recent capture of Granit Xhaka, widely regarded as a bargain buy at just £30 million.
Though the Switzerland international missed the crucial spot-kick in his side’s penalty shootout defeat to Poland, his performances at the European Championship this summer have given Gunners fans a taste of what is to come.
The 23-year-old midfielder is capable of mixing the beautiful with the beastly, having amassed a total of 36 yellow cards and five reds in the past three seasons at Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Not since the days of Patrick Vieira have Arsenal possessed a midfielder with such traits.
In Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal possess two of the best players currently plying their trade in the Premier League.
Sanchez enjoyed a fine debut season in England after signing from Barcelona, scoring 25 goals in 52 appearances to help the Gunners retain the FA Cup – scoring a sensational goal in the 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa in the final at Wembley.
However, he could only manage to find the net 17 times last season, but his performances at the Copa America for Chile this summer show that he can once again be Arsenal’s main man when the season kicks off in August.
Contrastingly, Ozil took time to find his feet but after two inconsistent years at the Emirates, finally came good last term.
The German international scored eight goals and registered 19 assists – six more than second-placed Christian Eriksen – to silence those who had doubted him at the start of the season.
If Arsenal are to enjoy any success next season, you'd imagine these two will both play vital parts.
This summer will see many changes take place across English football, from the managers to the players.
Pep Guardiola is finally coming to the Premier League to chance his arm in the top flight with Manchester City, where he has already landed Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund and is close to signing John Stones from Everton.
Mourinho’s former club Chelsea have also changed their manager, with Antonio Conte set to be the Portuguese’s permanent successor once his contract with Italy comes to an end.
All of these changes could work in Arsenal’s favour, with players not having to get used to a new manager and the various tactical changes that may follow.
Wenger himself knows that just a slight tinkering of his squad is needed and keeping many of the same players could be something that leads to the league crown.
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