Posted on Monday, 16th July 2012 by Tony Merakli
So we’re only 33 days away from the new Premier League campaign kicking-off and I’m sure every Gooner out there is optimistic about the Gunners’ chances of lifting some silverware this season, despite what’s going on with Robin van Persie.
A lot can still happen from now until the closure of the summer transfer window, but its good to see that Arsene Wenger hasn’t sat on his laurels and waited for deadline day to come, acquiring German international Lukas Podolski from FC Koln and Olivier Giroud from French champions Montpellier.
Jack Wilshere was arguably missed, having being sidelined all of last season through injury, so his inclusion this season will almost feel like a new signing for us. While the likes of Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta’s experience will be key.
In addition, no big-name players look set for the chop, unless any of you consider the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Abou Diaby to fall into this category, and potential new signings are likely to come in to replace any deadwood.
All looks well in the camp (from what we know anyway), but unfortunately it’s another summer and our best player looks like he wants to jump ship. Van Persie will not be signing a new deal but still has one year left on his existing deal at The Emirates, leaving Arsene Wenger and the board in quite a predicament and Arsenal fans across the globe expressing their views on what the club should do with the Dutch striker.
However, despite what’s going on with RVP, Arsenal appear in good shape and look like they’ve learnt from previous seasons in terms of signing players quickly.
So what are the odds of Arsenal lifting their first Premier League title since 2004?
Well Bet-at-Home.com currently has us at a decent 10/1, fourth favourite behind both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
To be honest, I think it’s worth a punt, even if Van Persie is sold this summer. We have a talented bunch of players who look committed to the cause and if we manage to bring in another two-three more players, preferably a creative playmaker, a back-up defender and goalkeeper, then we might just have a shot!
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Tags: Abou Diaby, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Marouane Chamakh, Mikel Arteta, Nicklas Bendtner, Olivier Giroud, Robin Van Persie, Tomas Rosicky
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