After an almost picture perfect pre-season that saw Arsenal win all of our games, scoring 15 goals and conceding just once, adding the Asia Cup, Emirates Cup and Community Shield to the trophy cabinet and lifting the long curse that Jose Mourinho has had over Arsene Wenger, it is hardly surprising that confidence is high with the Gunners.
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It may turn out that Arsene Wenger and all concerned are left regretting the lack of Arsenal transfer action as the Premier League season wears on. Not only could we be hit with the usual raft of injury problems, but we might find that a few key players are not playing as well as might have expected.
Arsene Wenger seems to be the calmest man connected with Arsenal Football Club at the minute. While us fans are in the usual summer routine of waiting anxiously for the Frenchman to make some big waves in the transfer market and hopefully wading through a daily mountain of Arsenal transfer rumours, Wenger has got his feet up and is sipping a cocktail or two.
It appears that the Arsenal transfer rumours connecting the club with a summer swoop for the Juventus and Chile midfield warrior Arturo Vidal were either exaggerated or just wrong in the first place, unless Arsene Wenger has had a recent change of mind, maybe due to his drink-driving antics?
I really hope it is Arsenal, but there could be a few clubs involved in these transfer talks with Southampton, with at least two Premier League rivals having been linked fairly heavily with the France international star Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
A lot will still depend on what happens with Arsenal when the final draw is made for the Champions League group stages on August 29th, but looking at how the Premier League games fall for the Gunners around and about the dates of our UCL group games, we could have a problem on our hands, Houston.
Arsenal fans were already well aware that the board of Manchester United would be handing their manager Louis van Gaal a massive transfer war chest to throw at their problems this summer. But from looking at how much the £150 million or so that the Dutchman spent last summer helped them, we were not exactly running around in panic.
Arsenal fans will no doubt be getting impatient at some points of the summer and calling for Arsene Wenger to splash the cash and bring in the right players to push the team on and make us genuine challengers for the Premier League title.