Having a lack of expectation is not actually a bad thing, it is not negative but a reflection on the reality of the situation that we face.
But it will not last for long.
Circumstances will take over, a string of victories and then all of a sudden expectations change, they become more positive and then when it goes wrong again we forget about our original expectations and focus on the disappointment of failing to meet our readjusted expectations.
That is what happened last season.
After the opening game defeats, it was a case of that was to be expected, after we went on that great unbeaten run we changed our expectations and by the end of the season we were all thoroughly disappointed and yet, we probably achieved what we expected before a ball was kicked in earnest.
We ran a poll on our forum and the majority view was we would finish outside the top four, ok, it is not scientific and a very small number of voters but the point is that expectations appear to be low everywhere I look, be it in the comments on this site, in polls, on other sites and so on.
But a win over Tottenham and a draw over with Liverpool and wins over Newcastle, Burnley, Watford and Villa in our first six games and expectations will change massively and there will be no coming back from that, even if we lived up to our pre-season expectations.
So, having low expectations now is fine but unrealistic because they will end up being meaningless.
So what does it all mean?
It means we may as well expect to finish top-four, win a domestic cup and win the Europa League because believe me, anything less and we will be as mad as hell.
Because truth be told, no matter what we actually say, deep down we do expect to have a successful season and why? Because we are Arsenal, that is why.