One thing you can say about this modern Arsenal outfit still led by the ever-determined Arsene Wenger, is that they really have proven to be a pretty consistent team throughout the past few seasons. The Emirates faithful have therefore somewhat come to expect the usual Gunners formula ahead of every upcoming Premier League campaign.
Through successfully qualifying for the Champions League yet again, solidly cementing themselves as integral members of the Premier League’s elite contingency – but of course, obviously failing to mount much of a meaningful challenge for the title across the entire term – 2014/15 ultimately proved to be a rather routine season for the plucky Gunners.
Wenger’s second consecutive FA Cup success only serves to prove just how stable Arsenal have shown themselves to be in recent years, impressing across some areas of the overall domestic campaign, but still falling dramatically short of doing the business in Europe or at the very top of the league table.
However, with Arsene Wenger currently going into the new campaign with perhaps his strongest squad in recent memory, maybe the upcoming 2015/16 season could ultimately have a few surprises in store for the long-term Gunners boss, and his ever-present Emirates faithful…
With the new term already fast approaching for the English top-flight, many are touting this latest instalment of Premier League action as Arsene Wenger’s potential last real chance at landing one final league title. Whilst such questioning remarks are seemingly made quite regularly these days as a result of the 65-year-old’s approaching retirement from the game, the notorious Gunners favourite simply can’t live on forever as the manager of Arsenal Football Club.
The thought of carrying on life without Wenger reliably in the dug-out at the Emirates has seemingly spilt the majority of Arsenal fans into two rather distinct camps; with the pro-Wenger contingency deeply opposing the wishes of those who would rather see the back of the ageing Frenchman.
2015/16 nonetheless represents another chance for the Gunners to finally re-assert themselves back on top of the rest of their Premier League counter-parts. Yet, in an era where money and increasingly questionable foreign investment has certainly made its mark on the modern game as we know it, Arsenal have seemingly drifted off somewhat thanks to the club’s admirable desire to keep things steady in the finance department.
However, with the recent marquee signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners have nonetheless started to re-establish their respective pulling power within the annual summer transfer window. Such players have undoubtedly improved Wenger’s squad significantly in recent seasons – and with Karim Benzema going down as the latest high profile name to be heavily linked with a move to north London this summer – perhaps the transfer fuelled excitement is only going to continue down at the Emirates in the run up to the new campaign.
Without a new centre-forward in place for the Gunners next term though, the Emirates faithful will likely have to endure another standard season, in which no real progress will have ultimately been made. The same can also be said of this current Arsenal squad if the club fail to sign another deep-lying midfielder this summer, as well as some serious defensive back-up to deal with the inevitable injury problems that will likely crop up midway through the year.
Arsene Wenger faces the task of deeply strengthening his ranks this summer in order to avoid watching his side become over-worked throughout the coming campaign. Despite the club’s increasingly impressive starting XI, Arsenal usually fall short among their regular Premier League rivals due to their substitutes and reserves ultimately not proving ready to take on the responsibility of a first team place at the Emirates.
Having said that though, the signs nonetheless remain mostly positive for the Gunners going into the new season. With the likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny fit and firing for Wenger’s side next term, Arsenal really could mount a successful Premier League push with fortune on their side. As Lady Luck traditionally reverts to condemning the Emirates faithful across each domestic season however, Arsenal simply can’t count upon their lucky stars if they are to prove truly successful next term.
So then, with perhaps two or three new faces joining the already impressive signing of Petr Cech at the Emirates this summer, there is ultimately no reason to suggest that the Gunners can’t genuinely push for the Premier League title in 2015/16.
As Chelsea will certainly be keen on defending their throne however, expect Arsenal to face a real test next term when the pressure eventually starts building for Arsene Wenger – in what will perhaps turn out to be the Frenchman’s last season in charge at the Emirates…
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