It has certainly been a slow burner of a season for Arsenal so far this year and without a fair bit of luck going our way then we would be even further adrift of the Premier League pace setters and bottom of our Champions League group.
Arsenal fans will have been a bit worried to say the least when the news came in on Saturday that our opponents for the first game of the Premier League season had just put the mighty Barcelona to the sword, with a 4-0 win against a strong side including their former striker Luis Suarez, Messi, Iniesta and all.
If the Arsenal transfer rumours are right then the Bayern Munich and Germany international star Mario Gotze could soon be joining Granit Xhaka in boosting the midfield options of the Gunners, despite some reports in the football media suggesting that Gotze might be rejoining his former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Liverpool are claimed to have made official contact with Kieran Gibbs over a potential move from Arsenal this summer.
The left-back has fallen out of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans this season, emphatically favouring Nacho Monreal for the role in the defence.
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On a day where Arsenal had to hand their crown of FA CUP holders back, after two years at the helm, Manchester United once again closed the gap for the record number of Cup wins! After the final match, several sources including the BBC and Sky Sports confirmed that Jose Mourinho will be taking over as manager of Manchester United.
Liverpool lost in last night’s Europa League final, mean they will go into the new season without European football of any sort, and that could play into the hands of Arsenal.
The Merseyside club lost to Seville 3-1 last night, after taking a 1-0 lead into the half-time break, and will be strongly disappointed to have ended the season with only an eighth place finish to boast of.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the blue half of Merseyside can do us a favour, with Roberto Martinez taking his Everton side to face our main Premier League rivals Man City. And with Pellegrini missing key players like Kompany, Mangala, Fernandinho, Bony and Nasri there is a decent chance.