The pre-season preparation kicked in full earnest as Arsenal announced the squad for pre-season Asia tour. Arsene Wenger will embark on the pre-season with a strong squad. But, it is not devoid of star absentees.
The Arsenal rumours for the last month or so have been adamant that when Petr Cech takes over as Number One at Arsenal, David Ospina will be moving on to pastures new. Meanwhile it has been assumed that Tomas Rosicky will be staying to keep his mate Cech company after Arsene Wenger exercised a one year option to keep him at the club despite Little Mozart being unhappy at lack of playing time.
So it looks like the Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has been handed a one year extension to his contract with the Gunners, despite all the injury and fitness problems last season restricting the Spaniard to just 12 appearances in all competitions, but if he recovered will he be one of the LANS (Like a new signing!).
This was definitely the most drawn out Arsenal transfer deal I have ever known, although I can imagine Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho shouting at each other over the conference table while discussing the price. I reckon that it only ended up at 10.9 million GBP because they flipped a coin for the final 100,000!
There have been many discussions about Arsenal’s failings last season and how they can improve on those performances in the next campaign. Most Arsenal players think that we have improved considerably as the season progressed, and Hector Bellerin simply thinks we need to keep up our end-of-season form to figure in the title race next year.