After another dismal, yet customary finish to the 2010-11 season, Arsenal has been bombarded with constant scrutiny from the media and fans alike. Arsenal's place in the traditional top four, which they beheld so comfortably for the past decade, might well be more eagerly contested this season.
However, is questioning whether Arsenal still belong to the elites of England necessary? Absolutely not. In fact, it puzzles me why people would think a couple of spending sprees from the 'Blue' half of Manchester, a few bursts of brilliance from the Spurs and a revamped Liverpool side are becoming marginally better than arguably the Barcelona of England.
Dubbed the 'future of England' by Capello himself, young English trio Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs are some of the strongest in their position in the Premier League. Meanwhile the combination of van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri along with new boys Gervinho and Miyaichi will offer a much deeper attacking threat. Although defense remains an obstacle to elevating the Gunners to be champions, the possible central partnership of Vermaelen and Koscielny will prove to be a huge upgrade to the squad.
Here are three more key reasons as to why Arsenal will finish 2011-12 a lot stronger than last.