The 19/20 season of the Premier League is fully underway, and Arsenal is back with a bang. The team ended their first game with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was awarded the Golden Boot alongside Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season, got the team off to a great start by scoring the crucial strike for the Gunners.
The next game saw a home win over Burnley 3-1 with loan signing Dani Ceballos the stand out performer. Then came the big match against European Champions Liverpool, which resulted in a 3-1 loss, but in all fairness that was always going to be a very difficult game at Anfield.
This could be a monumental year for Arsenal; recent years have seen the team struggle to finish in a top four spot in the Premier League. The last time was a second place spot during the 2015/2016 campaign — and beaten out for the top spot by unlikely Champions Leicester City. With the Premier League, and subsequent premier league prediction, kicking off, there’s a new opportunity for Arsenal to change their status and break into one of the coveted top 4 spots.
Here’s how they can do it…
There’s some hope for Arsenal this season. Their summer signings, which included Nicholas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos (on loan), William Saliba, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz, may have an impact on their league performance.
Pepe in particular has been an exciting signing for the team; the top class winger was signed from Lille in a £72 million deal, and even came off the bench in Arsenal’s opening game at St. James’ Park. Golden boy Aubameyang already expressed his excitement at the prospect of playing with Pepe, saying “he’s capable of doing great things with us.”
Another exciting addition to the team comes in the form of 18-year old Brazillian player Gabriel Martinelli, who was signed from Ituano FC in Brazil on the 2nd of July. Martinelli started his term with Arsenal out strong, scoring on his first appearance with the team in the second half of a pre-season friendly against the Colorado Rapids in July.
Kieran Tierney has also been given a nod of approval from Manchester United’s former manager Jose Mourinho. While Tierney is currently on the bench with an injury after a £25 million signing, he’s expected to be given the go ahead in six-weeks time. Mourinho said of Tierney’s signing: “I think he’s a young [Nacho] Monreal. Same kind of profile, reliable boy, looks a great character, looks a great personality, looks a little bit like he’s from a previous generation in some aspects.” The 22-year old Scottish left back will definitely have an impact on the team’s performance and their chances of making it into the top 4 position.
But where will Arsenal finish?
Considering the state of their record thus far, it’s unlikely that Arsenal will walk away from the 19/20 Premier League season as victorious champions. Still, with new summer signings getting approval from the likes of Mourinho, and the season starting off with a winning opener, we can anticipate Arsenal’s return to the top four — and if they work hard enough, even bag a number two spot.