Maybe Arsenal fans should think about the old saying regarding triumph through adversity or the other one that goes ‘whatever does not kill you makes you stronger’ when it comes to our concerns over the way the pre-season training and schedule has gone for the Gunners so far.
It was reported among the many Arsenal transfer rumours last week that the Premier League club Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid of £16 million in an attempt to sign our versatile young defender Calum Chambers, after the England international enjoyed an impressive season on loan with Middlesborough.
It has not been just Arsenal that has been linked with a summer transfer swoop from the young French sensation, although I bet there have been more Arsenal transfer rumours about Kylian Mbappe than we care to remember. And while it was always going to be tough to get him at least the chance is still there.
Whether or not you believe Arsene Wenger when he suggests that the Chilean international star Alexis Sanchez has not made it clear about whether he wants to stay at Arsenal or get a transfer away from north London this summer, and I for one think that the boss is not being entirely honest there, it does seem clear that Wenger and the club’s position is clear.
When it was announced that Arsene Wenger had finally got his man and the transfer of the France international striker Alexandre Lacazette had completed his transfer from Lyon, one of the first of the current Arsenal squad to say something about it was Mesut Ozil.
To be fair to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board, a transfer fee of £10 million does not sound like too much to ask for a player with the pace and technical ability that Kieran Gibbs has and the experience that being an England international with nearly 150 Premier League games and close to 50 in the Champions League brings with it.
I suppose that one way of looking at the illness and injury problems currently affecting Arsenal as the pre-season schedule has moved from Australia to China, is that it would be much worse if Arsene Wenger was having to cope with it while the Premier League season was in full swing.
The Poland international keeper Wojciech Szczesny has finally completed the long expected transfer away from Arsenal, the club he joined as a promising teenager back in 2005 after supporting them as a boy. It was clearly a tough decision for this self-confessed Gooner to leave the club he loves, so while I wish him well for the future I cannot help but wonder what went wrong.