Miserable. Public restlessness of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, coupled with Wenger’s reluctance to spend, has created an atmosphere of pessimism unknown in the Frenchman’s reign.
IN: Gervinho (right) (Lille), Carl Jenkinson (Charlton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Southampton); OUT: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Denilson (Sao Paulo, loan), Tom Cruise (released), Mark Randall (Chesterfield), Wellington (Levante, loan), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Ipswich)
Last season: 4th
Last trophy: FA Cup, 2005
FIRST FIVE FIXTURES
13 Aug, Newcastle (A); 20 Aug, Liver-pool (H); 28 Aug, Man Utd (A); 10 Sep, Swansea (H); 17 Sep, Blackburn (A)
BEST CASE scenario
A title challenge, cash boost from reaching Champions League group stages, avoiding Barcelona, improvement in set-piece defending – alright, perhaps we’re going too far now.
Missing out on Champions League groups, being muscled out of top four, potentially even by hated neighbours Tottenham – all would severely test board’s faith in Wenger.
TREVOR STEVEN’S VERDICT
Gervinho looks good but Arsenal are not complete yet, they are not a unit. While I rate Szczesny doubts remain over the goalkeeper situation, there are major problems at the back and without Fabregas and Nasri it’ll be a battle to stay in the top four.