It’s almost Saturday the 16th of August, the first day of Premier League action and the first game for Arsenal at the Emirates. I’m sure all you football fans just can’t wait for the new season to start, and I personally am more excited than ever because I plan on visiting London this season after six years away (my last being in 2008).
Anyhow, I was sitting down the other day thinking about Arsenal’s summer transfer windows and what usually happens to us Gooners on Twitter when August arrives and the start of the season nears. How we are usually linked to Salomon Kalou (almost every window), the heart breaking moments when we sold our best players year after year and our frustration towards Arsene Wenger and the board for not buying world-class players.
This year though was totally different than the last couple of years. After we signed Mesut Ozil, the whole team got that belief again and the club was buzzing for success. With the early additions of Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and, of course, Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have planned well and for the first time in many years we are aiming for more than just a top four finish.
Despite that, the media never disappoint and, as always, have predicted Arsenal to finish outside the top four. The amount of criticism the club got from all sorts of media outlets, along with former Premier League players was too punitive at times which caused uncertainty; with some even calling for Arsene Wenger to leave.
The funny thing is even with Arsenal really strengthening this summer and with players improving immensely, a lot of people and media outlets are still predicting we will finish outside the top four.
One thing is for sure though, and it’s that all the teams have strengthened and the competition is stronger than ever. With Chelsea being the main threat with very good players in their ranks, to Manchester City’s title defense and Louis van Gaal’s “magical” 3-5-2 formation according to all Manchester United fans, this season will go to the wire.
With that being said Arsenal have done well this summer, with the exception of a versatile holding midfielder being brought in, we are in a very strong position. We arguably have the best attacking midfielder in Mesut Ozil along with other very exciting and promising players with no contract issues. Throughout the years we have surprised many and Arsene Wenger will continue to show the world that he is currently the best manager in world football.
How do you guys feel this year compared to the years before?
Daniel is a 24 year-old Arsenal fan from Lebanon. He was born in Orlando, Florida, but grew up -and now resides – in war-torn Beirut. He has a degree in Business Marketing and is currently studying for a FIFA Sports Management Certificate.