This might be Arsene Wenger's most important transfer season since he came to the Emirates. Certainly, there is a lot of talent already at Ashburton Grove, but there are certain pieces missing from truly putting Arsenal over the top. The First Team has gone 4 years without winning a trophy, and in order to retain players like Cesc Fàbregas, Robin Van Persie, and Gaël Clichy, Arsene will have to lead the club to trophies now.
All is not gloomy in North London, as the acquisition of Andrei Arshavn certainly was a step in the right direction. However, there are plenty of issues that need to be resolved such as the central defense, holding midfield, and a striker. Furthermore, the futures of players like Emmanuel Adebayor, William Gallas, and Kolo Toure need to be determined.
It seems that every day, there are new players that have been linked with a move to the Gunners. As of now, however, only Thomas Vermaelen appears to be headed to the Emirates. It's a matter of when the move will actually take place. This addition would certainly be a step in the right direction, but I would really like to see another central back in addition to the Ajax skipper come to the Emirates. Certainly, Wenger will want to add company for Cesc in the central midfield. The absence of Mathieu Flamini was great last year, and there definitely needs to be someone brought in to replace him. One player who won't be that guy is Yaya Toure, who is closing in on a contract extension with Barcelona.
Adebayor really hasn't been making headlines in terms of a move to Manchester City, Chelsea, or AC Milan, but rather for his absence from the Togolese National Team hotel. Players such as Fàbregas, Clichy, and Sagna have all reasserted their desire to stay with Arsenal, wiping away speculation that they may move else where. One player, who might move, is Robin Van Persie. However, he is having showdown contract talks that should yield a new contract for the Dutch striker.
What we should expect to see, though, is the returns of Eduardo and Tomas Rosicky. Eduardo managed to appear in a handful of games this past season, after coming back from that brutal broken foot injury. He plans to be ready for the upcoming season. Rosicky is in a similar situation, but he has admitted that he has doubt about exerting himself at full speed.
This morning, the fixtures were released for the 2009-2010 Barclay's Premier League season. Arsenal will open up at Everton in, along with Tottenham-Liverpool, should be one of the matches of the week. Key matches include:
August 29: @ Manchester United
October 31: Tottenham
November 28: Chelsea
December 12: @ Liverpool
Then a brutal three league match stretch:
January 30: Manchester United
February 6: @ Chelsea
February 9: Liverpool
April 10: @ Tottenham
I'm going to be in London during the first home match of the season, but I suppose that it would be awfully difficult to get tickets. If Arsene can find his diamonds and the squad can stay healthy, I have no doubt that this club can challenge for and come away with some silverware.
Edited by sachmoney, 02 April 2010 - 04:55 PM.