Premier League Preview – Arsenal

The Eastland club have signalled champions league qualification as a must. A sign to rival clubs to take Arsenal seriously.

In midfield the void left by Patrick Vieira’s departure in 2005 has still to be adequately filled. Should they lay claim to fourth spot or higher, it would appear Arsenal would be first out the door. In addition Aston Villa, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur will all be contenders to break into the top four. Eduardo will be looking to feature heavily in Arsenal’s season as he made it through pre-season without picking up any knocks after returning from a horrendous leg break last season.

If Arsenal could ensure the fitness of key players like van Persie, Nasri, Rosicky and Eduardo then the London club have the quality to mount a serious title challenge.

The exodus of senior players from the club has continued this summer with Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure both joining the Manchester City revolution.

Another trophyless season is surely unimaginable for Arsene Wenger and the Frenchman will be hoping the fruits of his labour come ripe this year as some of the younger players come of age.

The trophy drought at Emirates stadium continues with Arsenal having failed to win a trophy since victory in the FA Cup final four years ago. Well Thomas Rosicky fits that description as he hasn’t played for 18 months and had made a successful rehabilitation, making it through pre-season unscathed.

Arsene Wenger has made steps to improve his squad. That was until yesterday, when Wenger announced the Czech Republic international had picked up a hamstring strain.. The Gunners have lost key players since that dramatic day in Cardiff: Patrick Veira, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires to name a few.

That clich├ęd saying; the return of an injured player is like a new signing. Thomas Veermaelan has joined from Dutch club Ajax. Arsenal will face an uphill battle.

At the Arsenal Members’ Day 2009, when club captain Cesc Fabregas was questioned over the ambitions of the team this year, the Spanish international reacted sharply when it was suggested the club would be content with a fourth place finish. The experienced Belgian will add some much needed steel to the Arsenal back four.

Manchester City will be a threat this season. A replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor is also needed, with Emirates side heavily linked with Bourdeaux striker, Marouane Chamakh.

It is an unwanted injury woe for the French manager who has already suffered the loss of Samir Nasri, who broke his leg in training