1- The goalkeeper

Petr Cech. During the last few months, every pundit imaginable has been saying how much of a difference Cech could make at Arsenal. The point might be made too often, but it doesn’t mean it is any less significant. With Arsenal having their best keeper since David Seaman, defensive stability is bound to follow.

2- No World Cup hangover

Arsenal started last season with 3 players who had won the World Cup, along with several others who spent most of their summer break playing international football in another continent. It is no coincidence that Arsenal struggled at the start of the season, while Chelsea began to run away with the league in August, with a core of Terry, Matic, Fabregas and Costa. None of those players had a full game during the World Cup.

On Sunday Arsenal clinched the Community Shield with an impressive 1-0 victory over last season’s champions Chelsea. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided the winning goal with a sumptuous effort beyond Thibaut Courtois into the top left corner of the net. It is flashes of quality like this from the 21 year old that have Arsenal fans pleading he has a clean bill of health in 2015/16, as well as a higher level of consistency when he does get on the pitch.

Jack Wilshere also finds himself in a similar position as the start of a new season draws closer. Although Wilshere was not a part of the Arsenal squad yesterday due to a small injury, he has enjoyed a fruitful pre-season and should be available for the opening game of the season against West Ham United.

Like Chamberlain, Wilshere had an injury hit 2014/15 season, and both missed large chunks of the season and when they were fit, the pair failed to nail down a regular spot in the starting eleven. It is clear that the English duo are special young talents with boundless potential, but are yet to find the consistency that will take them into the Arsenal first team and the elite band of modern footballers.

For those who watched the Emirates cup at the weekend you may have seen Arsenal’s new star in the making. However, the question is who is Jeff Reine- Adelaide?

At the end of May Arsenal announced the signings of two French youngsters with the other being Yassin Fortune. At that moment in time no Arsenal fan took much notice but after the weekend fans may be interested in finding out more information about Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

As the season is coming to a close for most teams, Arsenal still have one more game to go but it seems like a good time to look at a season full of ups and downs. Even more importantly, it is time to recognise those individuals who have delivered, surprised and frustrated us over the premier league season.

Player of the year – Alexis Sanchez – Player of the season can only go to one player and that is Alexis. When Sanchez was signed there were doubts all over the world about if Sanchez would deliver.

After years and years of Walcott saying he wants to be a striker he finally got to show what he could do.  This is not the first time Walcott has performed when playing up front with his most notable appearance was last year in the FA cup against Spurs.

Walcott has all the important attributes which would allow him to be the striker Arsenal have desired for the last few years. The essential attribute Walcott has is pace which Arsenal have missed over the last few years. It was clear to see yesterday that Arsenal looked much more of a threat with the pace in behind which was supported by the pace of Sanchez and Wilshere going forward.