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- Position Last Year – 3rd
- League odds – 16.5 Betdaq
- FA Cup odds – 10 (Bet365)
- League Cup odds – 11 (Coral)
- Champions League odds – 29 (YouWin)
Who’s in, who’s out?
- In – Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Oliver Giroud
- Out – Ryo Miyaichi (loan), Carlos Vela, Denilson (loan), Gavin Hoyte, Manuel Almunia, Andrey Arshavin (loan)
Does that mean they’ve improved?
In short yes, even with the probable loss of Van Persie. Have they closed the gap on the teams above them, again yes as Manchester City have (so far) been slow in the market and at Utd (as always) it’s evolution not revolution. But can they challenge for the title, not so much. They simply don’t have the strength in depth and if this season’s protracted transfer out has the same effect as last year’s (where they started pretty slowly) then they’ll have too much to do come the business end of the season.
They’ve bought well and only peripheral players have left for much needed experience. How quick Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla adapt to the Premier League from Germany, France and Spain respectively will be a big part in their success or otherwise.
Holding off Chelsea for 3rd whilst shortening the gap to the Manchester clubs is the target, with decent domestic and European cup runs thrown in. Getting players to sign contracts before the time remaining on them can be measured in days (Walcott) might also be of use.
Where will they finish this year?
3rd - a position more than likely acceptable to the Arsenal board, but less so for the fans that were not so long ago suckling at the teat of regular championships and cups.
Player worth watching
It’s always a team game with Arsenal but the person pulling the strings in midfield sets the tempo and that looks to be new signing Cazorla, see below for a clip of him in action.
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If some of the lower end prices are to be believed then it’s one hell of a signing, but begs the question why no one offered more? Always good to have a look at someone in advance before Alan Hanson removes any fun from watching them on Match of The Day so here’s what the Gunners will be looking forward to seeing this year.
Who do they need back?
Goals weren’t a problem last season, but with Van Persie the main deliver of them and almost certainly on the way out they’ll be left with no proven Premier League goal scorer in the squad. Henry would certainly fill that gap but given our preference for early 90’s kits it has to be a compendium of Ian Wright goals...
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