Premier League: 2nd – I think Arsenal will build on last season. With that said, I do think we will fall short of City once again. The likes of Liverpool and Man Utd may concern us a little but we should finish above them by a fair margin.
Champions League finish: Round of 16 – Coupled with our fixtures in the Premier League, I think our Champions League games will be hindered due to our focus domestically. I believe Arsenal will qualify for the knockout rounds and either make a RO16 exit or a quarter-final exit.
Player of the Season: Martin Odegaard – After a successful campaign and a busy transfer window, there are just so many players to choose from. The obvious contenders are Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice and William Saliba but a dark horse could be Jurrien Timber after his promising pre-season signs. I think Rice may take a month or two to adapt to Arteta’s intricate system and that could cost him with such excellent players competing with him. I believe the Norwegian prince, Martin Odegaard, will have his best season to date… by a mile. His flair, skills, vision and brain are just a joy to watch and Gooners are in for another fun ride watching the midfielder.
One to watch: Jurrien Timber – Mentioned as a dark horse for the POTS, I believe our new Dutchman will be an exciting prospect. Despite competition in the full-back department, his versatility could be key to him being a chance and cementing his place in the side. The former Ajax player joined us just weeks ago but he looked like he had been playing under the boss for years in the Community Shield.
Best signing: Declan Rice – It has to be our record signing. Rice is an absolute engine, a brilliant defender who provides much-needed midfield domination in big games against tough opposition. I believe he could improve a little in the attacking department but that will not be the Englishman’s main role in the team and at 24, he can still develop that part of his game. A great signing of intent and ability ahead of a very important season for the Arsenal.
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