It may feel like the previous season has just ended, and with the Euros having filled some time over the summer, the new Premier League season is just under a month away.
With the start of the new campaign, let’s take a look at what we can expect to see at the Emirates this year.
A Focus On The League
It is bitterly disappointing that for the first time since 1996, Arsenal will not feature in any European competition, and with the advent of the new European conference, that’s an even bigger blow to our pride. Although not being in any of these competitions will result in a slight loss of revenue and reputation, not having these extra fixtures can help streamline our calendar and provide a more condensed schedule.
This then allows Arteta and co to focus solely on domestic competitions, especially the Premier League. A lot of fans would have considered our commitments to the Europa League in recent years as a big distraction, but now with the club’s sole intentions on the league, it could mean that our form improves. The same thing happened to Chelsea in the 2016-17 season, who ended up lifting the title, while the previous season they finished mid-table in tenth, with their form somewhat hampered by their journey through Europe. For those thinking we can do the same, it may be worth placing an online bet. Take a look at the high odds and how easy it is to get started with online betting.
An Emphasis On Youth
Arsenal has a whole host of young talent ready to step up into the first team and play a massive role for the club, and this season could be the one where many play a major part for the team, especially after how underwhelming some of the established seniors were last campaign.
The stock of Saka is set to rise more, especially after his fantastic performances for England – penalty miss notwithstanding – and with Arsenal rejecting transfer bids by Aston Villa For Smith-Rowe, it’s clear that Arteta considers him part of his plans. Brazilian striker Martinelli can also see more game time to speed up his development, plus new 21-year-old signing Nuno Tavares demonstrates the desire to turn this once aging Arsenal team into a more dynamic one filled with some of the best rising ballers in the country.
The Fan Factor
Some could argue that Arsenal has some of the most fanatic fans in the league, though nobody is pointing the finger at Arsenal Fan TV as a shining example of this. However, for most of last season, fanfare wasn’t felt at the Emirates due to pandemic restrictions. With those restrictions set to be lifted for the new season, we could see the Emirates full again, and that support could be what drives our players to succeed and put in a more determined performance.
It can be easy to label the upcoming season as a make-or-break one for Arsenal, as Arteta has to do what he can to stop the rot at the club and prevent it from sinking further. Dropping out of the European places and being dislodged by teams such as West Ham should be the wake-up call that the club needs. Whatever happens, it’s going to be an interesting campaign.