It’s been a long time since I was this excited to be a Gooner.
My beloved Arsenal Football Club broke a far-too-many-year trophy drought last year, have added some seriously good signings to the capture of Mesut Özil, look a far more balanced team than in recent years, and got the season off to a winning start by scraping past Crystal Palace — who I really like, by the way, and not just because the club sounds like it’s named after a strip club.
I just get the feeling that — with one DM and one CB added to the squad — Arsenal are going to put in a serious shift this year and make a run for the EPL title.
The squad has some serious depth, especially in midfield, where I’m not even sure Jack Wiltshire would get a start when the first XI is injury free. Mathieu Debuchy is a genuine upgrade to Bacary Sagna, while Callum Chambers looks the real deal and the future of the Arsenal defense. Alexis Sanchez has had an admittedly slow start to the season, but when he settles he’ll be excellent. Özil will have a strong season methinks, and when Theo Walcott is back there will be serious attacking pace down the right side of midfield.
Scarily, though, as good as Arsenal are, they are by no means the strongest side in the Premier League. The Chelsea squad just looks incredible. Cesc Fabregas joining The Blues is huge, and with Diego Costa and the mercurial Didier Drogba upfront, they look the most complete team. Then you glance over to defending champions Manchester City, who have been very astute with their fewer-than-normal squad additions. It is a squad teeming with talent and with depth in every position.
So where does that leave Arsenal? For me, it’ll be a third place finish. Chelsea will win it. Man City second. Mirror Football writers Oliver Holt and John Cross agree with me.
But what do you think? Have your say in the comments section below.