Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will be hoping to take a lot of positive things from this weekend, when the Gunners take on the current champions of the English Premier League. The biggest hope will surely be that the summer striker signing Alexandre Lacazette starts to show the sort of form that made Arsene Wenger break the club’s transfer record to get him, but I have a feeling that it will take a bit longer for that to happen.
There is good reason for us to be positive ahead of this clash, though, as the Gunners put in one of the best performances of the season to beat Chelsea in the FA cup final at Wembley to earn us our place in the Community Shield clash.
And I do believe that the signing of the new French striker has put the old guard of Arsenal forwards on their toes. The recent performances of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud in particular have struck me as those of players fighting for their places in the team, so I( wonder if we might just see Wenger start the EPL campaign at home to Leicester City next Friday with these two in the starting line-up.
Not only do they have plenty of EPL experience and ability between them but a home game against the Foxes should be well suited, especially for the big target man up top. If Lacazette finding his feet and with Arsenal desperately needing to kick off the season with a win, will Giroud and Walcott be the men to get the Gunners going?