Arsenal fans have been vocal on social media platforms that this will be their year. But looking deeper into it, is that actually the case, or are they getting over confident without much to back it up?
Find out in our season preview below.
So far, the Gunners have only brought in Petr Cech to help bolster their first team. Their activity may be sparse so far, but in Cech they have bought a player to bring some much needed stability to what had been considered as a ‘problem position’. He has the capability to save points on his own, but they will undoubtedly need to strengthen elsewhere if they are to make a serious challenge.
The Chilean was in electric form for the club last year, and his form will once again be integral to their success on the pitch. However, he has just come off the back of a year of non-stop football thanks to the World Cup and the Copa America, so Arsene Wenger will need to handle him carefully in order to avoid burning him out.
Bellerin made an impressive breakthrough into the first team last year, and was rewarded by finishing the season as the club’s first choice right-back, picking up an FA Cup winners medal in the process. Young players are usually treated delicately, but Bellerin seems to be displaying the kind of form and confidence that would suggest he is ready to carry the expectations placed upon him in his stride.
Now heading into his 20th year, many will be wondering what tricks he has left up his sleeve to manage a sustained title challenge. With so little activity in the transfer window, he will need to dig deep to find new ways of motivating his current crop.
Realistic target: 2nd
Predicted finish: 3rd