Arsenal FC: 20 Bold Predictions for the New Premier League Season

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Arsenal FC: 20 Bold Predictions for the New Premier League Season
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No subject in the game is more contentious than Arsenal's prospects for the coming Premier League campaign.

Journalists, television pundits and most especially Arsenal fans all have strongly contrasting views on the Gunners' chances this season.

Arsenal's summer transfer business has so far been dominated by drawn-out sagas involving their own players.

Sufficient reinforcements have yet to be added and the squad is still populated by overpaid flops with price tags other clubs are understandably unwilling to meet.

These factors have inspired a whole host of aficionados to confidently assert that Arsenal will have a job on their hands simply to retain their precious top-four status.

But weren't the same things said last summer and the summer before and the summer before that?  Granted it's difficult to have an abundance of confidence regarding the 2011/12 version of Arsenal at the moment.

A drab preseason has offered little evidence that the late-season malaise that saw the team tumble out of four competitions has lifted at all.

But a new season inevitably brings some optimism, however misguided and illogical that optimism may be.

With that in mind, here are 20 bold predictions for Arsenal's Premier League season.

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