To say Arsenal’s summer has been a disaster is a polite way of putting it. The toxicity that surrounded the Emirates before the FA Cup win is back. Faith in the manager is almost unanimously lost, and the less said about Stan Kroenke, the better.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the two best players, will almost certainly leave for free at the end of the season. Arsenal began the campaign in wretched form. Two defeats in their first three games and conceding eight goals; and failed with a panic deadline-day bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.
In fact, betting against Arsenal right now will likely see you make a long term profit, especially if you’re receiving predictions from professionals with many years of betting experience, as is the case with a site like Sports Predictor. Still, it’s only been three games, and having to face another 35 with little sporting hope is a tough ask.
Here are some positives Gooners’ fans can cling onto in the hope of a good season.
Arsenal always go on a run
Even when are at their bleakest, Arsenal usually still manage to pull off a string of results that propels them up the table to a respectable league position. Last March, the Emirates Stadium was drowning in a negative environment, yet Arsenal managed to win nine out of their last 10 league games and lift the FA Cup.
Despite your feelings on the manager – and it’s clear his time is up – there’s no emotion quite like watching your team win. If history’s anything to go by, some solace can be taken in the fact they will soon go on a mini unbeaten run. And who would bet against it starting against Bournemouth.
It’s still a good squad
On paper, the Arsenal squad is a very good one with depth. Ideally, the central midfield would have received attention from the manager during the summer. However, with players like Laurent Koscielny, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, along with new signings Lacazette and Kolasinac, the team is full of match winners and quality. If, of course, the manager selects them. In the right position.
He may have recently aimed a sly dig at Wenger, but surely the Arsenal manager has to give Wilshere some playing time between now and January. The relationship between the manager and player soured after Jack asked to leave on loan at the end of the 2016 transfer window, but the midfielder’s skillset is most similar to Santi Cazorla’s, the one player Arsenal have arguably missed the most.
The Gunners could do with Jack’s ability to keep hold of the ball in tight spaces, dribble and get stuck in, utilising these skills to add control and bite that has been severely lacking in the first three games.
Because without hope, what is left? The club is poorly run from top to bottom. It has a manager whose time as an elite coach is up, and is on the fast track to nowhere. Still, Arsenal fans are likely to endure another two years of this at the least. Wenger has a knack for stumbling on a winning formula, even if it’s short-term and reactive rather than proactive.
Find that formula and we might enjoy a decent league campaign. Who knows, ending with Champions League football through winning the Europa League. If that happens, there can still be some positives to take from the season.