Arsenal must be prepared for one of the biggest test since the last five season even to get inside top four of Premier League standings.
Arsenal fans display banners at stands during games with inscription “In Arsene we Trust”, revealing the believe they have in manager Arsene Wenger to deliver for them to be happy but their hope has always been false as river in desert.
Since the invincible season of 2004, the Gunners quest for success in subsequent seasons have always been finishing fourth or third in the league standing. The only season they bettered this was in the 2015/16 season when they were placed second, 10 points adrift of winners Leicester City.
A new season has arrived and Arsenal tested first defeat following a 4-3 lost at home to Liverpool, it is a sign of the Gunners repeating their usual results as the past seasons?
We asses to to figure out where their fate lies this season.
Have they started well?
In Arsenal’s pre-season games you could sense a bit of immaturity and inexperienced at center-back, especially due to the absence of senior players like Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Pualista due to injuries. While Laurent Koscielny is not yet back.
Rob Holding and Calum Chambus are believed to be underdevelopment, only one win of seven opening Premier League games have the Gunners won that was a 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace and non of these seasons have Arsenal finished with a League trophy. The same thing is observed this season with a 4-3 lost to Liverpool that exposed the team totally.
“At the back we lacked a bit of maturity but we knew that before the game. We have shown mental qualities to come back and fight,” said Arsene Wenger giving assurance after the lost hope works on that to change the club’s poor result as he admits his side performance was bad.
Which area should both teams strengthen?
The Gooners are demanding for one thing from the Club’s board for bringing in a defender and potent striker. The outcry looks set to be the problem confronting Arsenal since last season.
The partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny was not 100% solid and each of them are vulnerable at times. They have let in many goals into the net with unpardonable mistakes.
More so, Arsenal’s so called talented strikers failed to locate the net far too often despite feeding in a number of chances onto their feet and head. Theo Walcott or Oliver Giroud or any youngster from the academy won’t make this team a title contender.
Mesut Ozil alone broke the Premier League all time ‘chances created record’ by Frank Lampard, setting it from 133 to 146 and better than any player in all top five European Leagues. But Arsenal strikers managed just an average of 1.6 goals per game at home, their lowest return since 1994-95. And their only trusted forward Olivier Giroud went 881 minutes without scoring and finished the league season with just 16 goals.
It is imminent that they must bag a 25-goal per season striker or else this will be the same old story for the Emirates faithful.
Arsene Wenger clearly know that a bulky center-back and top class striker will do the trick for them. If the Frenchman is able to bring in Granit Xhaka as a possible replacement for Elneny who will depart in January to help Egypt in 2017 African Cup of Nations, what is stopping him from solving the club’s vital problems by bringing bringing a striker and defender?
With the lack of imminent activity for strengthening the key areas of the squad, the Emirates faithful are set to see a similar season from Arsenal where they will be competing for a top four spot in English Premier League.
And the 2016/17 season won’t be easy as the two Manchester clubs along with Chelsea are firm favourites to be in the top three. And Arsenal will have to fight this out with Liverpool and Tottenham for the one remaining Champions League spot. And might be West Ham, Southampton and Leicester City soon joining the bid.
Have you say: Where do you think Arsenal will finish in the 2016/17 English Premier League?