2013/14 Premier League Season Preview – Arsenal

It’s no secret that Arsenal fans are desperate for silverware. Having not won a trophy since 2005, not counting Arsene’s “4th place is a trophy”, the Gunners will be looking to capitalise on the managerial instability elsewhere in the top 4. Despite interest in high profile players, the likes of Higuain and Suarez, Wenger’s only signing so far is young Yaya Sanogo, an untried French youngster. Sound familiar? A quick start is a must if Arsenal want to maintain their top 4 status, as their squad is lacking strength in depth. Wenger will have to cast off his accountant status and splash his reported £100m transfer fund if he wants to remain in the hot seat beyond this season.

Key Player: Jack Wilshere. His main aim for the season will be to get a year of injury-free football under his belt. Although having his problems over the last 2 seasons, Wilshere has shown his class for both club and country, most notably for England against Brazil. If he stays fit, it could be the decider as to whether Arsenal retain their Champions League place.

One to Watch: Carl Jenkinson. Although shining last year whilst Bacary Sagna was injured, his starts were limited. This didn’t stop him gaining international recognition against Sweden, coming on as a second half substitute. With Sagna’s future a the Gunners in doubt, Jenkinson could become a regular this year, especially with the boost of a new 5 year contract signed last season.

Prediction: 5th

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