We know our squad, we know the strength of the opposition squads, where do you think we will finish come season’s end?
I am excited (as always) by the prospect of a winning season for The Arsenal and IMO we have almost all the assets to do well; a mixture of youth and experience, a new manager with an outstanding past record, new coaches and backroom staff and, above all, some variety in attack.
Much has been made of the defence and with good cause, we certainly looked shaky in the friendlies, particularly at centre back. Given the PL inexperience of the Greek chap and Mustafi’s inexplicable lapses it was a huge gamble to loan Chambers but perhaps Holding has impressed in training, or we had our sights set on a solid CB and the transfer did not come to fruition. Whatever, it is cause for concern. And what of the full backs? We look strong on the right with the Swiss bloke being a fine addition (if he remains fit) but on the left?? Nacho is losing pace, The Beast is not a proper defender nor is M-N. Much will be expected of The Terrier (we need a Jack Russell as opposed to a Westie).
Our attack lacks a winger and I hope UA will not try to make PEA into a TH14 – he is a very effective central striker. How UA makes space for Ozil, and Mhiki will be interesting, as will how Iwobi develops. Unlike many, I believe Iwobi has all the talent to become a top player.
And what of the other teams?
Man City are a superb team and odds-on to repeat their PL victory. Mahrez is a good addition. I cannot see anything but them being crowned Champions again and doing much better in the CL.
Man Utd. I have never hidden my dislike of Merino and he has created a team in his image. Their arrogance can be seen in the antics throughout the club with Pogba being the worst culprit. Shame because they have some fine players. I wish them ill and will laugh as their managers moans about lack of investment.
Liverpool. Where do they get €200m+ to spend in one summer? Why can’t we get someone in who is prepared to do the same? Klopp has to deliver this season. 4th is not good enough, though a losing CL final appearance is testament to the improvement under his management. Can Salah have another wonderful season or is he another Clive Allen? Can the Scouse finally win a title? Not in my opinion.
Spurs. Got better and better in 2017/18 but ultimately they got Spursy and won sweet FA. No signings but no departures. New ground on it’s way hence tightened purse strings. Last won the title in 1961 and despite the last 8 years having a 1 in them, they continue to flatter to deceive.
Chelsea. Expensive but worse GK. Kovacic and Jorginho will take time to settle. Can they get back to Top 4 under a new manager? They need a proper finisher and it is a major surprise they continue with Morata, OG (WC winner) and some other bloke.
Everton. The Nearly Men. Spent big money, have a decent squad plus Theo. Have High Hopes
So, how will the table look at the end of the season?
My Prediction is:
- Man City
- Man Utd
- . Everton
What do you think?
written by Big Raddy
No Totteringham in the topsix! Interesting!
thanks Raddy and welcome back!
Good to see you taking off some workload of poor SRP
Agree about City, they will win.
ManU – they are already top of the table. Pogba is buzzing after Russia, he will be dangerous. And arrogant.
Chavs, Everton – don’t know, don’t care as long as they don’t finish above us, which they won’t.
Spurs. Hm, they are full of it, could finish above us again. Hopefully the CL will tire them out.
Liverpool – there with City, very good team. Salah is simply amazing.
Arsenal – no idea, but not having high hopes.
UA is UE 🙂
Cheers, BR, a post full of wisdom created by a geniarse!
Does that mean the spuds could miss out on Europey football if they came 8th or 9th – we can’t have that, surely?
I’d like to see them back in their rightful place, vying for ratings with Emmerdale.
Should be an interesting season with the new chauffeur lightly fondling the steering wheel of the re-bored Arsenal Rolls Royce.
Up the Arse!
sorry micky, I can’t agree with that
Thank you very much Chas for all the good reads and heroic input
Thank you Erik for today
Will do internet testing tOday to make sure I have enough power for game tomorrow. Think we’ll be at least 15 points better than last season. Utd I recon will really tank, as Maureen is shit and fans will turn on him, chavs dunno, Spurs certainly no better and we,ll thrash city tomorrow
No-one has ever quite mastered this gesture with the same panache as Wilfred Bramble. 😆
Enjoyed the chat yesterday about pssoble line ups in midfield for tomorrow given so few combos have played together or even more than a few minutes
I’m going for solid with Granit, Ouzi and Torreira behind Mesut Laca and Auba
Ok things to do
Hoping to pass LB at the top of his Italian alp tomorrow before the game
jack in a wheelchair is a tad harsh
Benitez and Poch are amazing 🙂
ok, manu fans are already moaning that the team were shite yesterday. i didn’t see it but am delighted the mancs are already unhappy with mourinho.
Interesting article in Times this morning by Matt Hughes for AAs.
Thanks for the read BR.
My heart always says we are going to win the league but my head hasn’t agreed for a few seasons now.
It is a too big of an ask to expect the new squad we have to gel and operate effectively for the whole of a very long EPL season.
I think all three of City, Pool and United are better placed and if I am really honest so are spuds, especially as they seemed to have kept Alderweireld. Chelsea could slip; they seem in a more transitional state than we are.
So for me forth would be quite an achievement. This might seem a bit down beat but I am really looking forward to watching as this new version of Arsenal unfolds and thoroughly enjoying the fact that there is no more infighting about the need to change the manager.
Well, not until Monday, if we lose that is…….lol
On a good day this is how I see the league finishing.
And on a bad day
I think we will win it,
Main reason when was the last time someone has a team defended their title
Hope you are right Fred
Like LB my heart says we’ll romp to the title… but my head says it may take half a season for Emery to really get the Roller purring to his satisfaction.
So, with that in mind…
1. Scousers (just have a feeling…)
2. Man City
3. ManUre (despite Maureen)
4. Mighty Arse
I think the Spuds have made a mistake by standing pat in the transfer window.
They did as well as they possibly could have last season and I don’t see them repeating that feat without any fresh blood.
U know if arsenal didn’t do anything in transfer window we are crucified but spurs get a pat on there back for signing existing players
Bright sunny morning here.
United lucked a win yesterday with an obligatory penalty.
I really cannot see City losing the title, regardless of not getting any new players Spurs are still a strong team and both Pool and United still look stronger than Arsenal.
So my feeling is –
But my hope is –
Chamber played for Fulham today
His poor marking at fault for palace first goal
Predictable results today. Hope we don’t have the same as last season with there being a massive difference between the top 6 and the rest
who is Leno’s nanny?
Have a great season, AAers. 🙂
The Mighty Red and White to finish third or higher. But let’s just enjoy the journey with a new pilot in the cockpit. Up the Arse!!
Apparently the arsenal players trained at the Emirates today interesting
Lovely stuff, Raddy. thank you. 🙂
I like your prediction, but love LBG’s even more 🙂
stand up if you think we are going to win today!
no, not you chas
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