I know it is a bit early to be making bold and sweeping statements about Arsenal and the season ahead, but I am going to do it anyway, so there. I hate to say it, but the way that Fabregas and Costa have blended in to an already strong Chelsea side makes them look like Champions elect already.
Unless they hit a wall soon or somebody, perhaps us or Man United, trips them up soon then they could be out of reack and I cannot see them giving up a good lead. That means the Gunners will be looking at the Wenger trophy again, although I think we should at least move up a place and avoid the horrible Champions League play-offs next season.
So how about the Champions League this season and the one trophy that would complete Wenger’s set? We had that heartbreaker of a final with Barcelona but have not really come too close since then. This season, however, I think we could have a cheeky go, because the new look Gunners are set up to do well in Europe.
Plenty of pace and a strong and creative midfield means we should be fantastic on the counter attack, which really pays dividends when the away goals start to count. Our group is better than usual and if Arsenal get through it, especially if we win it, means that we could be looking at a run to the final/
By the knockout stages we will have Giroud back and will have had the opportunity to strengthen in the winter transfer window. Could this be the year for Arsenal?