As seems the case most years, Arsenal are just two or three top players away from a side capable of challenging on all fronts. The addition of Petr Cech will be a huge bonus in a position that the Gooners have struggled in for the best part of a decade. Francis Coquelin’s emergence last season will soften the blow of the club’s failure to bring in a world class defensive midfielder, whilst Theo Walcott’s end of season form up front will help relieve the pressure on Olivier Giroud. Despite this, a top centre back, defensive midfielder and striker should still be high on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list. Coquelin currently has very little competition at defensive midfield, with only an out of position Jack Wilshere or an aging Flamini offering any depth. Arsenal only play two of the big teams in their opening six games, so will have to capitalise on this so that they don’t repeat the end of season resurgence that leaves fans questioning why they can’t do that all season long.
Key Player: Alexis Sanchez
One to Watch: Serge Gnabry