Arsenal are set to make a serious Premier League challenge this season.
There would be no Champions League football distraction but there is the Europa League to face and it comes with its unique challenges. A Round of 16 exit in the European tournament – as they have come to be known for in the elite event – would give the Gunners even more time to face the league squarely.
Major rivals would be slugging it out in the Champions League so Arsene Wenger has the advantage recent league winners have: fewer distractions. The FA Cup champs have a decent team to win the title but they also have big spenders Man United and Man City to compete with.
For Wenger he still has the task of clearing the dead wood at the Emirates instead of opting to remain the overly loyal manager. A strong focus on winning the league title is what the French tactician needs to end his 13-year drought.
Alexandre Lacazette is set to provide that clinical finish that the Gunners lacked last term. The north London side is expected to resolve contract issues with its top players before the league resumes next week. Alexis Sanchez finally returned to training this week but there are still fears that he would leave last minute. The financial implication is huge!
There are still a lot of considerations ahead of the new season. A top four finish seems feasible but winning the league title is not certain yet. Sky Bet places them 5/6 to win the Premier League but this is Wenger’s best chance in recent time.