As part of giving all Canadian Gunners a voice, we welcome submissions for guest articles. These are not a regular feature, but simply posted when someone submits an article which passes our (brief) review process. Today we feature YvoYeungGirl, a local from Edmonton who is part of the budding Arsenal Edmonton ‘YEGooners’ group (who are on Facebook & Twitter).
The Season That Will Be – @YvoYeungGirl
With the World Cup finally over, pre-season training has commenced for most clubs. In an unusual move, Arsene Wenger has already made his first major signing of the transfer season, Alexis Sánchez—from Barcelona FC, who was instrumental taking Chile to the Round of 16 in Brazil. The 25-year-old will be the first Chilean player for Arsenal, and will be crucial in rounding off fire power at the top for the Gunners. Sánchez spent three seasons with the Blaugrana making 88 appearances and scoring 39 goals for the Spanish side. Including his stellar World Cup run, Sánchez may be just what Arsenal needs to take the title this season.
However, with eleven players leaving the club this summer, Wenger and his team have much work to do to add depth to the first team to be in title-contending shape. This past season, Arsenal came so close to the Premier League title, but lost out due to injured players and a lack of depth of experience in certain positions.
But with an FA Cup win last season, Arsene and Arsenal can continue to build on a season filled with a lot of positives. Some of the highlights included the signing of £42m Mesut Özil, the solid defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and the maturation of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey; the latter whom is finally delivering at the level Wenger foresaw when he signed the then-18-year-old from Cardiff City. The positives from last season will propel and push Arsenal to strive for more this season.
With only one month left before the first home game, Arsene Wenger must move quick with signings and surround his team with world class talent. Three Gunners will be coming home with World Cup medals (Mertesacker, Özil, and Podolski) while other players have developed tremendously in the last season (Ramsey) and this upward momentum needs to continue. With rumors flying left, right and centre on who is available for the taking, things look quite promising for Arsenal. A new deal with Puma means Wenger has money to spend this transfer season and should use it wisely to bring in reinforcements where there are spaces begging to be filled. Let’s see what he can pull off this season.
The 2014-15 season looks promising for Arsenal. If injuries are minimal this year, and with continued improved performances from all players, the title is attainable. There is a solid mixture of experienced and up and coming players to make this Arsenal team a well-rounded title contending force to be reckoned with. Come On You Gunners!