Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Location: London (north)
Head Coach: Unai Emery
Nickname: The Gunners
Rival(s): Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea
Top-Division Titles: 13 – 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48, 1952-53, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04
[ STREAM: Every PL match live ]
Best possible XI:
Key arrivals: Nicolas Pepe (Lille), Dani Ceballos (Loan, Real Madrid), Gabriel Martinelli (Ituano), William Saliba (Saint-Ettiene, loaned out), David Luiz (Chelsea), Kieran Tierney (Celtic)
Key departures: Aaron Ramsey (Free, Juventus), Petr Cech (Retired), Danny Welbeck (Released), Alex Iwobi (Everton)
Ranking their offseason: Emery has pushed hard for new signings and the arrivals of Ceballos and Pepe (for a club-record fee of $87 million) shows he has been backed. Arsenal’s defense cost them a top four finish last season, but they signed Kieran Tierney and David Luiz on deadline day to strengthen their defense and Luiz will be a leader. He’s not totally solid, but he’s better than Arsenal’s other defensive options.. Plenty of youngster shone on tour with Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah all proving they are ready for regular minutes. A fantastic tour of the U.S. should hold them in good stead for the new season. 7/10
Star player: Quite a few candidates for this this, but you have to say that when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is firing on all cylinders he is unstoppable. The Gabonese striker is Arsenal’s focal point and if Pepe, Ceballos, Ozil, Mkhitaryan and others can supply him, his partnership with Lacazette will win the Gunners so many games over the course of a season.
Coaches’ Corner: Massive season for Emery. The honeymoon period is well and truly over and he knows he must deliver a top four finish this season. No excuses. With Pepe arriving he has the speedy winger he wanted and this Arsenal side have looked hungrier and nastier under Emery in the past 12 months. Yes, they finished fifth and agonizingly missed out on the Champions League after losing in the Europa League final to Chelsea, but people forget that they did perform well against some of the biggest rivals last season. Losing games to teams lower down the table is what prevented them from finishing in the top four and Emery has to help his team cut out those silly defensive errors. Stan Kroenke will be expecting nothing less than a top four finish.
PST predicts: This is the season Arsenal have to finish in the top four to get back on track. Last season was a transitional period after Arsene Wenger’s departure but Emery has made his mark. He must now focus on one thing: being in the top four. Man City and Liverpool are the favorites for the title but outside of that, Arsenal look like they will push Spurs all the way for third place as Chelsea and Man United have plenty of issues to overcome. Top four finish is highly likely, as long as their best defenders can stay fit.