All in all, last season, we improved our points tally and got the monkey off our back by winning the FA Cup and hopefully we can really build on this and carry on the momentum.
Here are a number of things that will help us progress.
First and foremost we need there to be fewer injuries especially long term injuries. There is no doubt that the loss of Ramsey and Walcott restricted our attacking and counter attacking options. Ramsey will be key for us in attack and hopefully he can develop a good understanding with Sanchez, who I am sure will be a revelation and combine this with an ever improving second season from Ozil. Throw Giroud into the mix, who will hopefully gain more confidence from the 22 goals he scored last season, then add an increased number of goals from Podolski and Cazorla and maybe even Ozil himself and the options of increasing our goal tally are spread more evenly.
Wilshere has, IMO, a make or break season and if what he says is true we want to read about his on field improvement, not his private life.
Our defence has to be drilled better, especially against set pieces, and lessons have to be learnt from the four ‘Away thumpings’ we got last season. That puts more emphasis on the coaching staff to make sure that things improve.
Following on from that we need a better ratio of points returned against the other top teams, not only for the three points but for confidence.
I don’t want to see us, time and time again, stumble out of the blocks straight from the kick off and when we do take the lead in many games we must go for the jugular and put games to bed.
Diaby – is he really reincarnated? Let’s hope so as surely a fit Diaby is a bonus for the team even if he manages half the games this coming season.
Wenger has done his buying early as he said he would but I feel we still need perhaps one more player.
I am glad that Szczesny has actually now got competition for his place (Wenger’s words) but as the season rolls on we will see if that actually comes to fruition or not.
Some of the understudies will play a part and others perhaps will go out on loan but we still have nearly five weeks until the window closes and I have a feeling that not all of our business is done.
We have every chance to win the Title with a bit of luck and 100% commitment from whoever plays. More rotation may just be the key.