Arsene Wenger is still trying to juggle some contract issues while Arsenal prepare for their first preseason match on Saturday. Arsenal will play two 45-minute matches against Southampton and Belgian side Anderlecht to kick off their preseason.
While there are still some question marks in regards to the futures of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott, Arsene Wenger is hoping these two concerns can be resolved quickly. A contract extension for the two current Arsenal players would be ideal, but at the moment that looks unlikely.
Life With or Without Walcott & RVP
Arsenal finished in third place last season, with an astonishing 19-point difference to champions Manchester City. A club that for many years enjoyed glory at its fullest now repeatedly has to deal with heartbreak.
The likelihood of keeping van Persie is very slim, but with him Arsenal can set their expectations fairly high. With the signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger has given the Gunners more options to lean on in the offensive third.
With Oxlade-Chamberlain gaining confidence and experience, he will be ready to once again electrify Arsenal's offense. Meanwhile, Gervinho will be looking to regain his form after a very lackluster end to his first Premier League season.
Wenger's philosophy has been criticized for some time now, but the truth is that even with the limited funds that he spends—or is allowed to spend—he somehow always manages to compete. Now it's obvious that Arsenal fans want a winning team and not a competing team. Arsenal has been getting closer and closer to success.
The two new signings will help Arsenal's options going forward, and Koscielny will be looking to build on an incredible 2011/12 season.
The Gunners will need to start small and work their way up if they want to be successful. Aiming for the top of the mountain right away could set Arsenal up for yet another "almost" season. I think realistically they should aim for the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup to start.
Having a deep squad will allow Arsenal to rotate the side without having to worry about sending out a very weak team. Players like Coquelin and Miquel who have had a chance to play in the EPL will be important to Arsenal's rotating system.
Wenger can't make the mistake of wanting to win it all and in the end win nothing, as has happened in years past.
Obviously things will be somewhat easier if van Persie and Walcott are to stay. Even without them, I believe these two cups are very much attainable for Arsenal. If somehow Arsenal is able to tie down van Persie and Walcott to new deals, they could really be in for something special in the 2012/13 season.
Being able to have Podolski, Giroud and van Persie as options in the front will be incredible to watch. Also, if Jack Wilshere is finally able to come back from injury at full fitness, he will be another big boost to the Arsenal squad.
The next week will be important in determining what the future holds for Arsenal FC. They could go from title contenders to once again battling to finish ahead of Tottenham in a matter of minutes.
Will losing Walcott or RVP change Wenger's expectations for this coming season? With RVP and Walcott, could Arsenal realistically challenge for the EPL title?
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