How Arsenal fared last season
Last season was a disappointing campaign for Arsenal to say the least.
The Gunners finished 6th in the Premier League which is their lowest league finish since 1995.
Arsenal also crashed out the FA Cup to Championship Nottingham Forrest in the third round but did make the Carabao Cup final.
However, their performance against Manchester City at Wembley was terrible and epitomised their campaign.
The hopes of Champions League qualification all hinged upon potential Europa League success.
Victories over Östersunds FK, AC Milan and CSKA Moscow saw them into the last four and a tie with Atlético Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s side proved too good for Arsenal, knocking them out before going on to win the final.
Before the Atleti tie, it had been announced that Arsène Wenger would be leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the club.
Most Arsenal fans are glad to see the back of their long serving manager and his departure provides optimism for the future.
What’s changed at Arsenal this summer
Arsenal’s new manager is Unai Emery.
The Spaniard won three Europa League titles in a row as manager of Sevilla and picked up 7 major honours in 2 years at PSG.
There has also been changes at board level. Sven Mislintat is the new head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi is the director of football. The three of them have so far made 5 new signings.
|Bernd Leno.||Goalkeeper.||Bayer Leverkusen.||£19.2 million.|
|Sokratis Papastathopoulos.||Centre Back.||Borussia Dortmund.||£14.8 million.|
|Stephan Lichtsteiner.||Right Back.||Juventus.||Free.|
|Mattéo Guendouzi.||Defensive Midfielder.||Lorient.||£7 million.|
|Lucas Torreira.||Defensive Midfielder.||Sampdoria.||£26.4 million.|
|Jack Wilshere.||Central Midfielder.||West Ham United.||Free.|
|Santi Cazorla.||Central Midfielder.||Villarreal.||Free.|
|Jeff Reine-Adélaïde.||Attacking midfielder.||Angers.||£1 million.|
Due to the fact Arsenal conceded 73 goals last season, it was obvious that defensive areas needed strengthening and that’s exactly what has been done.
Bernd Leno should replace the ageing Petr Čech as first choice goalkeeper and Sokratis and Lichtsteiner will add experience to the defence.
The signing Arsenal fans are most excited about is Lucas Torreira.
The former Sampdoria midfielder looked excellent for Uruguay at the World Cup and could be exactly the player that Arsenal need.
Arsenal predictions for 2018/2019 – video
Arsenal’s aim this season has to be to get back into the Champions League. They are currently 2/1 to get into the top 4 and a big 20/1 to stun everyone and win their first Premier League title for 15 years.
They could also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. The Gunners are currently 9/1 to lift the trophy in Baku come May.
Could Unai Emery get his hands on some domestic silverware in his first season in England?
Arsenal are 8/1 to win their fourth FA Cup in 6 years and are 9/1 to go one better then last season and win the Carabao Cup.
After finishing behind their bitter rivals for two seasons in a row, Arsenal will be desperate to finish above Spurs and are 11/8 to do so.
If Arsenal were to finish 4th or higher in the league that would be regarded as success. The longer you go without Champions League football the harder it gets and, after two seasons without it, it’s vital for Arsenal to return to Europe’s top table.
Emery is a great coach and has a great chance of achieving this and, having won the Europa League three times, maybe he could win that again too.
Arsenal’s potential starting XI and squad depth
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.