Well now the window has closed we can all sit back, take a breather and consider what lays ahead for the season.
The new additions should add to the quality of our squad and I for one had to double-check the Pepe and Luiz signings. I would say arsenal have made intentions clear of our ambitions so now to assess/dream of the season ahead.
While I don’t want to focus on our rivals, it can’t be ignored what threats they pose. Chelsea has surprised many allowing players to leave, given the ban, and Man Utd have again spent big and so along with Spurs also making moves in the window our competition for a top-four spot has changed in its dynamic.
So to the season ahead and what we should expect. Given the spend and Unai being now in his second season, I would suggest our goal is achieving 3rd or 4th in the EPL with a strong run in a cup competition or two. I don’t think our manager can achieve nothing less and keep his job. Now I know many of us fans want to challenge for everything, but reality would suggest that’s another year or two away yet.
We will still have defensive issues, which will need another two windows to address, and injury worries me for the season ahead, is it me or do we seem to get more than our fair share?
Maybe Wenger was right that top four is like a season win, given Man City and Liverpool are right now on a different level. I believe a successful season will see us compete in every game, avoid the usual one or two thumpings, bring a few youth players on and be the best of the rest with a 3rd place finish and a cup win.
Still, this is one mans hopes and opinion!