It was a couple of season´s ago that Arsenal fans, well me at least, were just starting to worry about the possibility of another club matching our unbelievable achievement of going through a whole Premier League season without losing a game. An unbeaten league season had been done before but not since Preston North End managed it in the inaugural football league season in 1888-89.
Arsenal have started slowly before but even with some players coming back late after the summer tournaments of Euro 2016 and the Copa America and with the late additions at the end of the transfer window having to settle in, you would have thought that we would be getting up to speed by now.
If Arsenal do as we expect them to this weekend and run out as winners of the home game against a struggling Southampton side getting used to their new manager Claude Puel, while he gets used to the English Premier League for the first time, then we will be heading into the next round of matches a bit closer to at least one of our big spending Premier League rivals.
Joe Hart is being linked with an exit from Manchester City this month after seemingly losing his place as first-choice at the Etihad, so should Arsenal be looking to strike a deal?
Arsenal fans could still be given something to worry about from the opening performances of Manchester United and Chelsea, or even the Liverpool side we face later, but none of them have been overly impressive in the pre-season games so far and with new managers in charge as well as new players to bed in, we can at least hope that they do not hit top form straight away.
Arsenal and Everton are supposedly to be leading the chase to sign Wilfried Bony from Manchester City this summer.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is claimed to be looking at overhauling his squad, and Joe Hart may well be sold to Arsenal.
Bookmakers are claiming that it is looking ‘increasingly likely’ that the England number one could move to the Emirates this summer, with odds having been slashed in half, from 8/1 (9.0) down to 4/1 (5.0).
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.