I am not writing Arsenal out of the race for the Premier League title this season just yet, well not completely anyhow but I reckon it would take some kind of minor miracle for it to be Arsene Wenger and the Gunners who lifted the EPL trophy next May. So being realistic, what can we hope and/or expect from Arsenal this season?
I reckon that most Arsenal fans have given up any hope that there will be a change of mind from our Chile international star and that the Gunners will soon have to cope without the services up front of Alexis Sanchez. Whether that is to be from next summer or a bit earlier is another matter.
To be honest I do not think that many Arsenal fans have ever thought about using the Germany international star Mesut Ozil in a deeper lying central midfield role, as the mercurial play maker is not exactly well renowned for his tracking back or his defensive awareness.
The Arsenal fans and manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping that our north London rivals have to cope with a bit of the bad luck on the injury front that we are often forced to cope with, as they have a number of key first team players currently in the treatment room.
It was only recently that Arsene Wenger started to relax the Arsenal policy of not offering anything more than a year of contract at a time to any player who was the wrong side of 30-years old. With the fitness and medical advances affecting football in recent years, though, it is becoming more and more common to see players like Giggs and Pirlo carrying on at the top level way after that 30-year old point in their careers.
Every Arsenal fan would love to see Jack Wilshere back in our first team on a regular basis, because the 25-year old midfield star can bring something to our play that very few others in the current squad or anywhere in football for that matter can offer.
Arsenal fans may not like the idea of selling any o9f our players to a direct Premier League rival. We were certainly happy that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board held firm in the summer and refused to complete the deal that would have seen our star striker Alexis Sanchez sign for Man City while in return we got a reported £60 million fee that sounded pretty generous considering the Chilean was going into the final year of his contract.
Okay so we Arsenal fans may be a little biased when it comes to the subject of our own players, and perhaps none more so than our midfield star Jack Wilshere. Maybe that is because Wilshere has been at the club since before he was a teenager and that he is actually an Arsenal fan as well, but also because of the amazing ability that we know he has and all the bad luck that has dogged his playing career so far.