Arsenal were arguably the most disappointing of England’s top clubs last season, finishing outside of the Champions League spots for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s 21-year tenure at the club. But all signs so far this summer point to a much improved campaign for the Gunners as they look to challenge on multiple fronts.
To be honest, 33/100 for Wenger’s men to endure a trophyless year is a little harsh. With three FA Cup victories in the last four seasons, Arsenal seem to have regained that winning mentality and more silverware could follow in the near future. Wenger has been handed a two-year contract extension and it is almost certainly ‘do or die’ time for the English title.
The Gunners have already splashed the cash this summer, signing France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record fee of £52 million. In theory, Lacazette could finally be Arsenal’s replacement for Thierry Henry – it has taken Wenger that long to find a competent centre forward to lead the line at the Emirates Stadium.
At the time of writing, Arsenal are valued at 12/1 to win the title this season and Lacazette’s goals could prove crucial as the Gunners hunt for trophies. Realistically, one major honour is a decent aim for Arsenal this campaign and 5/2 represents solid value for Wenger’s men to secure another major trophy for the fourth time in five seasons.
Wenger has had a very difficult couple of years but the Arsenal boss looks more determined than ever to lead the club back to the top of English football. With the Lacazette deal now officially done and dusted, the Gunners can focus on making a few more signings before the transfer window slams shut.
Arsenal fans, dreaming of a miraculous treble? The Gunners are priced at 200/1 to win three trophies this season – any combination involving the Premier League title, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League will suffice. Arsenal have struggled to build a team capable of challenging on multiple fronts but this side are made of stern stuff and silverware could be on the cards.
Defensively, the Gunners have a plethora of young talent and Arsenal are well placed for future success. The likes of Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi are all in their best years and Wenger will feel safe knowing that the younger members of Arsenal’s squad may benefit directly from their experience and advice.
The Alexis Sanchez conundrum may have an adverse effect on the Gunners and Wenger will want it sorted as soon as possible; preferably before the opening weekend of the season. At the time of writing, Sanchez is an EVS shot to stay at Arsenal this summer and his future could determine whether Wenger’s men compete for the title or a place in the top four.
Keeping Sanchez at the Emirates isn’t the be all and end all for Wenger this summer – team morale and coming up with a slightly different system is much more important. Look at what Antonio Conte did to struggling Chelsea back in October; he turned them into Premier League champions. This Arsenal side has potential but they must be wary of falling into the same old trap...
Arsenal are on the verge of greatness and the French connection of Wenger and Lacazette could make all the difference. The Gunners veteran appears rejuvenated in pre-season and an added spark in attack should put Arsenal up there in contention for the English title. It has been a tough few years for Wenger but all of his shortcomings will be forgotten if Arsenal win the Premier League this season.