Having a big squad is vital for any manager – especially if you have ambitions on challenging for titles. And, when we say a big squad, we are not talking of players who just make up numbers. Having two or three individuals to fight for one starting spot is always a sign that the club is doing something good.
Last season it seemed to me that Arsenal had finally come out of the long dark tunnel of bad luck that had been plaguing the club for years. It had seemed that there was some sort of football cure on the Gunners, with bad decisions from referees as well as the busiest injury room in the league causing Arsene Wenger all sorts of problems.
He has already proved to the Arsenal fans that he had a big appetite for a fight, a desire to show what he can do in the toughest league in the world and a very strong character to go with the bundles of talent that were nurtured in two of the best academy systems in the world and now Hector Bellerin has got another gold star on his report.
The Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has high hopes for the upcoming season. He thinks that the arrival of Petr Cech has galvanized the side and the Gunners can win the Premier League next season.
I have a feeling that there will be a lot of Arsenal fans out there; as well as a much bigger percentage of the football media, who I think have got an unbalanced dislike of the Gunners and a strange wish to see Arsene Wenger and his players fail, that will see the signs of confidence at the Emirates stadium as being misguided and having no real basis in reality.
Hector Bellerin is one of the success stories for Arsenal last season. And the young defender will be looking to build on it as he prepares for the new Premier League season. The pre-season training for the new season will start at London Colney on Monday and will see most of the team members gathering.
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There is not much longer for the Arsenal fans to wait, and how glad are we all about that? In less than two weeks, the Gunners will run out for the first game of pre-season against a Singapore select XI in their national stadium, so I expect that the players that have not been given extended summer breaks will be back in training next week.
Calum Chambers arrived at Arsenal from Southampton last summer and was immediately thrown in at the deep end due to our massive list of defensive injuries. Most fans were very happy with his early performances, but as our injured players returned and Hector Bellerin made the right-back spot his own, Chambers has returned to his backstage role although he has been promoted to Roy Hodgson’s England side, making three appearances so far.