Football is a matter of opinions in some ways, even though it is on paper a simple game that is about getting a round bag full of wind into an oversized net, and this is highlighted perfectly by the very different sections of Arsenal fans that have become known as the WOB and the AKBs.
I mentioned a few times during last season that I thought it was a bit unfair and unduly harsh of all the football commentators and experts to give Arsenal such a hard time for failing to win the Premier League. We still managed to be the best of the usual suspects expected to challenge for the title but this was not enough.
The first game of the pre-season preparations for Arsenal in France this evening comes too soon for us fans to get a first look at our summer signing Granit Xhaka after his involvement with the Switzerland national side at Euro 2016. We saw enough at the tournament, however, to suggest that Arsene Wenger has got the Gunners a great player and the boss has been speaking to Arsenal Player this week about what he thinks the new man will bring to Arsenal.
Per Mertesacker has moved to talk up Arsenal’s capture of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
The defender is reported to be in line to be announced as captain for the upcoming season, despite being in-and-out of the first-team in the previous campaign, sharing the role alongside Laurent Koscielny with Gabriel Paulista.
The Arsenal and Costa Rica international star Joel Campbell will have been disappointed in his nation’s showing at the Copa America centenary tournament in the United States this summer, as the Costa Ricans failed to make it out of the group stage. But that means that Campbell’s involvement was finished over a month ago and so he is already back in London training and preparing for the season to come.
With the proud record of being the all-time record goal scorer for Arsenal Football Club and with some other significant records at the club and in the Premier League, Thierry Henry is not a man whose thoughts on anything to do with playing as a forward should be dismissed.
One of the reasons why a lot of people in football were so hard on Arsenal for not winning the Premier League title last season, despite improving our finishing position again and finishing as runners up to the surprise champions Leicester City, was that it was seen as the perfect chance for us with Chelsea flopping and both of the Manchester clubs struggling.
It could end up being more than the four Arsenal players who went furthest in the Euro 2016 tournament that Arsene Wenger will have to do without when the Gunners kick off the next Premier League title challenge against Liverpool at the Emirates stadium on August 14th.