It seems that just about every club in the Premier League, including Arsenal, are having their pre-season and opening games disrupted by players that are under offer from other clubs or blatantly declaring their wish to move on, and have mysterious ‘injuries’ like Alexis Sanchez, Phillippe Coutinho and many others. So why do we have to go through this transfer madness a full month after the season starts?
No matter how good a football team is, and after shipping three goals to Leicester City despite claiming all three points on Friday I am not sure we can say that Arsenal are all that good just yet, the Premier League is one of the toughest trophies in the world to win and if there are teams and squads better than you then it is almost certain you will not win it.
Olivier Giroud has been linked with the exit door for much of the summer, but has made the decision to stay and play a role for Arsenal instead.
The striker has fallen down the pecking order over the past 12 months, playing only a squad member role for the majority of last season, and has now fallen further down the pecking order since the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
Arsene Wenger could not have asked for more from the subs he put on with 25 minutes or so to play as Arsenal were heading for yet another opening day defeat to a Premier League season. Straight away both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud had an impact and both capped their cameos with impressive goals to give the Gunners all three unlikely looking points, but will both have earned themselves a place in the starting line-up for the next Arsenal match?
I am not trying to say that the Arsenal defence was not an issue as the Gunners scraped over the line to win the first game of the new Premier League season, because it most certainly was. Normally when a team scores three against you it will lead to a defeat and very seldom all three points, especially when the opposition is known for being frugal at the back as Leicester City are.
As well as being able to have a good old laugh at our Premier League rivals, Arsenal fans can, I think, take a lot of heart from the result of today´s early kick off in the Premier League, as Liverpool who have once again been saying that this is their year, were held to a draw by the unfancied Watford.
It is on Arsenal fans, and before a ball has even been kicked in the new Premier League season the Gunners have been handed a little boost in our quest to win the EPl title for the first time in over a decade, as the German international Mesut Ozil has proved his fitness and will start tonight against Leicester City.
We are now at the end of the build up to the first Arsenal game of the new Premier League season, which I am sure you are all aware takes place tonight at the Emirates stadium with the EPL champions of two seasons ago, Leicester City, the side hoping to stop Arsene Wenger and the Gunners taking all three points and getting off to the good start we all feel they need.