The Premier League
It would be harsh to suggest that anything other than winning the 2023/24 Premier League trophy would be deemed a failure. However, after finishing second last term, and spending north of £200 million during the summer window, it is a reality that the club perhaps find themselves within.
In recent years, the players, and to some degree we as a fanbase, have relished our underdog status and it has been a key driving force behind the togetherness Arteta has been able to instil at the Emirates. But, given the context outlined above, it is extremely difficult to frame us as underdogs any longer.
During the summer window, we have both the highest total expenditure, as well as the highest net spend, of any Premier League side (at the time of writing), as per Squawka, and therefore must be expected to improve on our efforts of last season.
Given the stronghold Pep Guardiola’s City have had over the Premier League for many years now, as well as teams such as Man Utd, Liverpool and even Chelsea all likely to be improved outfits this season, to say we must win the league is to ignore the quality of the sides that we will be competing against.
However, another serious title challenge, one that is not undone with a repeat of last term’s end-of-season collapse, is the absolute bare minimum.
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