After the mauling of Manchester City in the Community Shield Arsenal fans will be more positive than ever about their Premier League chances. If you add an F.A. Cup trophy and a little-known player called Alexis Sanchez to the mixture, there are many reasons to look forward to the season.

We only have to look back a year ago to see the turmoil that can be created by losing an opening fixture convincingly. A loss to Crystal Palace could cause a similar agitation, but I don’t think anybody is seriously contemplating those same dark clouds.


In a no doubt more competitive league than ever, it would be a marvellous achievement if The Arsenal were to conquer. At the very least fans will be expecting a prolonged battle that will go to the wire and yet more silverware.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
― Seneca

Latest odds suggest that bookies believe Alexis Sanchez will score less than 12 goals in the Premier League season ahead.

But Sanchez’ big money move to the Emirates Stadium is his own opportunity to put years of preparation into practice and it’s taken a long time for him to get that chance.

The Squirrel

Born in Tocopilla, Chile, his upbringing made the prospect of leading the line for his country in a World Cup the least of his worries.

When I read that there is a case to be made for making Jack Wilshere our 'Defensive Midfielder' my initial reaction was, 'hmmm yeah that could plausibly work.' He has the passing range; he has that burst of acceleration that could help with the transition from defence to attack; he played very deep and very well against Barcelona. If we didn't buy another midfielder maybe it wouldn't be the worst idea.

But then I snapped out of it - I saw the light.

I searched into the depths of my brain and I looked back over the last few years to see how things panned out when we decided to opt for internal, creative solutions to solve flaws within our squad - we've done it enough times over the last few years. Some of these examples were quite challenging to fully remember as I'm fairly sure over the years I have tried my upmost to extinguish them from my memory. And yet, like an injury that after a few years you forget what its cause was, certain scars remain and those alone are enough to fuel your recollection.

With transfer season seemingly in full flow, take note of the unusually giddy Arsenal faithful this time of year; it seems the issue of our club captain has been swept aside for the time being. The first pre-season friendly of the season saw last season’s talisman Aaron Ramsey take the armband from kick off and boy did it look good on the Welshman.

With current captain Thomas Vermaelen looking likely to leave the club this window and if not, he will play second fiddle to Mertesacker and Koscielny; it leaves Arsene Wenger with a decision to make on his leader for the upcoming season.

How important is the captaincy?

Arsenal went through the majority of last season with their captain sitting on the bench which raises the issue of the importance of the official captaincy. It used to be the case that the captain was the team’s talisman and outstanding personality but since Patrick Vieira departed the club in 2002 the captain’s armband has tended to be used as a method of keeping the best player at the club. Also, William Gallas lest we forget.

This transfer window, Arsenal fans have had a glimpse of a stunning summer. We've peeked through the (transfer) window and we've seen what potentially is on the other side - and we like it.

Very much.

We've had our South American starter, some French wine - we enjoyed it.


Now WHERES OUR MAIN COURSE.  The main problems last season

1) lack of pace and options up front

When teams pressed us high up the pitch, we didn't have the pace to play on the counter or hit balls over the top for players to run onto in behind. We've now secured Sanchez - a player that should he be utilised effectively, will fix that problem.