Premier League: 2nd – As much as I want to slot the Gunners at the top of the table, I think they are still a shade off Manchester City. While the Community Shield showed that they can compete with the best side in the world, City still showed early on that they can play keep away from Arsenal and that was without Kevin De Bruyne. Until Arsenal can beat City in the Premier League, I will shade the Cityzens in the title race with the Gunners chasing and finishing second.
Champions League: Quarter-finals – Arteta’s knockout management has proven suspect thus far, and Arsenal’s domestic focus could inhibit their continental ambitions further down the line. Thus, with some good fortune and kind draws, the Gunners could reach the last eight before bowing out.
Player of the Season: Bukayo Saka – He deserves a rest here and there, but it’s going to be Bukayo Saka. He’s Arsenal’s best player and one of the best in the world. He’s world-class and will only get better. People seem to forget that he will just be turning 22 in September. That’s scary.
One to watch: Reiss Nelson – Saka needs some days off here and there and I think Reiss Nelson is a player that can offer him some respite. Nelson is capable of contributing off the bench during the Premier League season, and he should earn starts in the cup competitions. He was a spark off the bench last term. Who can forget his goal at the death of stoppage time versus Bournemouth? There’s a reason why they gave the Hale End product an extension, and I believe he will have a fine campaign.
Best signing: Jurrien Timber – I am already a massive admirer of him and the season is not yet underway. It was a treat to watch him in pre-season and even better to see him step up to the challenge against the treble winners in the Community Shield. At 22, he can be a staple in the back with Gabriel and William Saliba for the next five years at least. With the rate full-backs are going for this summer, I think Arsenal will look back at this signing for £34m as a bargain.