We kick-off our look at every Premier League side in the build up to the 2016/17 season.
Is this finally Arsenal’s year?
A typical season for the Gunners often starts with loads of promise as win after win lifts them to the top of the table just after Christmas, fans then start getting excited thinking that this is finally their year, before a couple of injuries to key men take their toll and they start falling away, finishing in an ever recognisable 4th place.
Looking back on last season, Arsenal fans must all agree that it was a massive opportunity missed to win their first league title since the ‘Invincible’s’ of 03/04. Finishing above Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs would normally guarantee you top spot, but who could of predicted the 5000/1 outsiders Leicester going all the way to claim their first Premier League trophy? Yes I know a few of you backed it, but surely you never truly believed it could happen.
Arsene Wenger has built a great squad with Petr Cech being the standout addition from last summer. This time round, Wenger moved quickly to secure the services of Granit Xhaka with big Per Mertesacker hailing him as the ‘perfect signing’. For £30m, Arsenal will be getting someone in the middle of the park with the grit and determination to get stuck in, but with the flair and technical ability to find a pass and start something for likes of Ozil and Sanchez. He is almost certainly an upgrade on Francis Coquelin.
A key man to Arsenal’s success is going to be Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean scored an impressive 17 goals in all competitions last season, a feat made even more impressive when you consider he was out injured for around two months. You can grab a tasty 22/1 on Sanchez staying injury free and being the Premier League’s top scorer.
Arsenal are best price 6/1 to win the league this year with numerous bookmakers, but if you believe they will fall short again, the FA Cup could prove to be a consolation trophy. Arsene Wenger’s side are as short as 6/1 for Arsenal to lift the cup at Wembley, but you can back them at a tasty best price of 9/1.