There will be plenty of expectations at Arsenal this season and it would be hard to argue against it considering what the Gunners will face over the upcoming 10 months or so.
Mikel Arteta’s side struggled for consistency and continuity last season at times, having started the 20/21 Premier League season in table-topping fashion.
Although they returned to that good form towards the end of the campaign, it was far too late for the Spaniard’s team as they failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth in the league.
Indeed, some had touted that their embarrassing finish – by the north London outfit’s standards – was “brilliant news” and would offer them the opportunity to re-evaluate themselves, whilst others would have been fuming with what had happened.
However, the summer has still meant that they have been able to acquire some solid acquisitions to help build their squad further, with Ben White and Nuno Tavares both having arrived at the Emirates Stadium, whilst Granit Xhaka looks set to stay despite having been continuously linked with a move to Italy and AS Roma.
With no European football on the horizon for the upcoming campaign, Arteta and his Gunners are going to need to take advantage of the situation and put everything into their Premier League campaign, if they are to be successful and show progress.
There will be a number of punters who will be heading to sportsbooks and new casino sites to place their bets on what the north London outfit are going to be able to achieve, but if Arteta and his team do not hit the ground running, then he could be facing a nightmare.
Whilst Arsenal showed patience with Arsene Wenger for so many years following a decline in fortunes, they were not as accommodating with Unai Emery, despite having done a reasonable job given the circumstances.
Arteta has already had success at the Emirates Stadium as a manager as he managed to win the FA Cup shortly after he was given the job, but last season was incredibly disappointing and highly frustrating.
If things do not go to plan this season, especially as their main rivals will all be competing in European football, then he might just have too much on his plate this season.
With a couple of weeks of the transfer window remaining open, perhaps he will be able to acquire some top talent once again. If he does not, then he will have to rely on the group of players he has to ensure they are considerably better than they were last season.