We’ve been teased with an action-packed pre-season, but now it’s time to get into the good stuff.
It’s been well over two months since we last saw Mikel Arteta’s tricky Gunners in Premier League action, but Arsenal are set to bless us with their presence again on Saturday as they host Nottingham Forest in their 2023/24 season opener.
With new beginnings on the horizon, it’s only right that we predicted how the upcoming campaign is going to play out for Arteta’s men off the back of a potentially project-galvanising season last time out.
PITA’s Arsenal predictions for the 2023/24 season
Here’s how a few members of the PITA team see it going for the Gunners in 23/24.
Premier League: 2nd – That Community Shield win did tempt me, and it’s hard to envisage City not having at least a little slump after such a taxing season. However, I’m not going to bet against Pep Guardiola while he remains at the helm.
Champions League: Quarter-finals – The strength of the Premier League means Arsenal will be one of the best teams in the Champions League next season, but it’ll be a tough ask for this relatively inexperienced squad to go deep into the competition if they’re also gunning for the title.
Player of the Season: William Saliba – He’s not going to create or score, but should Saliba remain injury-free, I expect he’ll catapult himself into the best centre-back in the world conversation during the upcoming campaign. His presence is vital for Arteta.
One to watch: Emile Smith Rowe – This is a huge year for ESR. After an injury-riddled 2022/23, Arsenal could’ve easily opted to part ways with him this summer, but the boss has retained faith and the instinctive playmaker will be hoping to have a major impact this season. He could emerge as the Gunners’ X-factor off the bench.
Best signing: Jurrien Timber – I suspect it might take Declan Rice some time to adjust to Arteta’s demands, but it won’t be long until he shows his quality. However, I’m already a bit in love with Timber and his skill set means he could line up anywhere across the back four. Arteta is going to have so much fun with him, and I expect he’ll be used in a specialist role on the big occasion.
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