Having already made one notable signing in Granit Xhaka and activated Jamie Vardy’s £20million release clause, Arsenal are showing some real intent ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
We’ve been here before, but things could be very different this time around. Arsene Wenger is into the last year of his Emirates contract and it will likely be his final campaign in charge unless the Gunners make a strong challenge for the English crown.
With Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all welcoming new managers, Wenger’s boys face a serious fight to re-establish themselves as genuine Premier League title contenders. But the Premier League’s fixture list for 2016/17, released online just moments ago, should give us an insight into their chances.
With that in mind, Football FanCast have conjured up a list of the five fixtures that could decide Arsenal’s season.
Arsenal’s season starts off with a banger, playing hosts to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. This fixture always throws up a healthy spate of goals and with the Reds on the rise under the German gaffer, the Gunners really need to curtail that momentum via an opening day win.
The Gunners claimed just one point against West Ham last season and must turn that around unless they want another campaign looking nervously over their shoulders at those competing for fourth spot.
Arsenal’s recent record against Manchester City is nothing to be sniffed at but any chance of winning the title will depend on them sustaining it into the Pep Guardiola era at the Etihad.
Arsenal may have finished above Spurs last season but their north London rivals are undoubtedly on the rise. Beating the Lilywhites at White Hart Lane will kill that momentum and push the Gunners up the league table.
Just when the Arsenal-United rivalry appeared to be waning, the Red Devils appoint Arsene Wenger’s greatest nemesis in Jose Mourinho. Wenger’s beaten the Portuguese just once in his career but with United likely be contending again next season, taking points against them at home is imperative.