By Hunter Tighe
It’s a new season with new stories, and the Arsenal are on the rise after their FA Cup victory at Wembley in May. It’s obvious we made a statement last year, sitting on top of the league for 128 days, over 3x as many days on top as the winners. In the end, however, Arsenal finished 4th. For everyone who finished in front of us, they had the advantage of either squad depth, or fewer matches, while Arsenal struggled with injuries through the middle that left the defense vulnerable and killed the movement from defense to offense. However, this summer, Wenger has made his intentions clear. We’ve made 5, yes 5, signings so far, and the oddball fifth (the non-player), could prove to be the most important. Shad Forsythe of the German National team has joined Arsenal to head up our fitness efforts this term. He’ll be responsible for the match fitness of the squad, and rehab programs with injured players. I think its a deep dark fear in the back of the minds of our title rivals. “What if that Arsenal team from last year had stayed healthy”? What if indeed. Maybe the double? We’ll never know. Having gone to New York, and being able to see our team play in the states I think we have a promising future. The likes of Chuba Akpom, Kristofer Ollson, and Hector Bellerin all impressed. Still somehow over the course of the preseason, Bellerin has instilled in everyone the faith in him as possibly even an immediate backup alternative to Debuchy. Bellerin has been solid at the back and highly impressive going forward.
Our new additions look promising entering the season. We’ve covered the gap left in Right Back by the departing Bacary Sagna, with the addition of his France superior Mathieu Debuchy and former Southampton youngster Calum Chambers. Carl Jenkinson’s had a bit of rocky start on loan with West Ham conceding a penalty, and leaving the pitch early due to a hamstring injury in his debut that ended in a 2-nil loss to Malaga. However, Allardyce is still confident his Arsenal man will help to solidify their defense throughout the season. Along with the right backs, we’ve shocked the league with our marquee signing of the summer. ALEXIS SANCHEZ is a GOONER, and David Ospina, the columbian number 1, has joined Arsenal on a long-term deal from Nice in Ligue 1. All this business, and the boss states the transfer window is not over. With Vermaelen on his way to Barca (if I have my way), we will need to sign a centre-half, and possibly a defensive minded midfielder to tidy up in front of our defense. With these additions, no one will be able to deny our serious title credibility, but if our business for the summer is done, I think we’ve added adequate strength to do the job.
Wenger has cooled off the Khedira rumors for now, stating that we have never been close to signing him. However, only five hours before signing Arteta on the deadline day, he had claimed to not heard his name. Can we take what he says seriously? No, we cannot, but I do trust him. Rumors are still alive and heating up of a 27 million pound bid being submitted to Sporting Lisbon for their 22 year old Portugese DM William Carvalho. He is promising, smart, and strong. Many dub him the next Yaya Toure if properly developed. None are better for him than Arsenal in this manner, i suggest. I’ve seen the rumors linking us to Mats Hummels, as Vermaelen nears the exit door, but I wouldn’t read much in to it. It seems based on nothing, as there are no reports of a bid or a player or management statement. But I do think that if it’s a deal that is done behind the scenes, its a league winning signing. He’s one of the best in the World, and still young enough to offer at least two contracts. Now, JUST YESTERDAY the reliable German newspaper ‘Welt’ dubbed Arsenal favourites to sign Dortmund superstar Marco Reus this summer. This has been a long-term story, and we know his hero to be Arsenal veteran Tomas Rosicky. It’s been reported that he’s a fan of the club, and I could see him here in the future. This window might be optimistic for this large a transfer. Crazier things have happened on deadline day though. While we could be set for either a disappointing or world-rocking end to our transfer window. I think our team as it sits goes far under our new German fitness coach. We have much to be excited about going forward. #COYG
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