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Arsenal FC: Will Arsene Wenger's Squad Be Ready for the Start of the Season?

SO KON PO, HONG KONG - JULY 29:  Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the pre-season Asian Tour friendly match between Kitchee FC and Arsenal at Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, 2012 in Hong Kong.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Mike GoncalvesCorrespondent IIIJuly 30, 2012

Having watched Arsenal's pre-season matches, it has been frustrating not being able to see the two new signings. Confusion and concern may be two words lodged in the minds of Arsenal fans after the Gunners ended their Asian pre-season tour.

Although Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski took part in this summer's European Championship, why did they not join the team at some point?

The two have been back in London working on their fitness, but it appears that they will not be ready for the start of the 2012/13 English Premier League. How could two players who just came back from Euro 2012 not be ready for the upcoming season?

Arsenal now only has one scheduled pre-season match before they take on Sunderland at the Emirates for the start of the Premier League season. How could Wenger's planning go so poorly considering he has been at Arsenal for so long? Has Arsenal put too much focus on their Asian tour?

Jack Wilshere has apparently been ruled out until at least October while Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined until September. Without these two, Arsenal should realistically consider bringing in another purchase before the start of the season. 

Looking back at the Asian Tour, Wenger has raised his concern for Arsenal's defensive frailties, saying, "I think defensively we looked fragile, especially in the first half. In the second half not so much because we were not challenged. Defensively we have a lot of work to do as a unit to do much better."

Not having Bacary Sagna in the back line could cause some weakness in an Arsenal back four that already lacks confidence. A lot will be expected from Laurent Koscielny along with Thomas Vermaelen to bring back much needed confidence to Arsenal's defense.

A poor start to the upcoming campaign will bring back nightmares for Arsenal fans, especially considering the start they had last season. Wenger has shown more ambition this off-season, but may still be a purchase away from compensating for the injured Rosicky and Wilshere. 

The fact that he is allowing the Robin van Persie soap opera to carry on continues to raise alarms amongst Arsenal faithful. Will the van Persie situation turn out the same as the situations with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri? Another late departure leaving Arsene Wenger scratching his head?

Fortunately, Wenger has prepared himself for van Persie's exit, having brought in Podolski and Giroud. 

I would assume that Arsenal would want to re-invest the money they were to make from the van Persie sale, unless they feel they have enough depth and talent. While it is concerning, should Arsenal fan's doubt Arsene Wenger's ability to get his team ready before the 2012/13 season kicks off?

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