With the new season just around the corner, football fanatics are more excited than ever. Everyone's counting down the days until the weekend, when we all get to see how our teams will perform back in the swing of playing Premiership football.
But for Arsenal fans, the weekend means something even larger. It marks the end of a painful offseason, and we can finally watch Arsene Wenger play his strongest squad rather than surrendering leads with the reserve team playing the second half. Many people have talked about how Arsenal's preseason hasn't been successful, but the fact that the Gunners have always scored when their strong players are on is a good sign, because these are the players who will have to be putting in consistent performances week in and week out.
The first match of the season is always an important one, as it sets the tone for the upcoming campaign. For Arsenal, this match can instill the squad with a better winning mentality in order for the Gunners to do well in the looming matches against Liverpool and Manchester United. If Arsenal can get out of August with seven out of nine points, they'll be in very good shape, but that means that this match is a must win.
Apparently there were a number of players who picked up minor injuries in Arsenal's friendly against Benfica, but the extent of their injury and their return dates have been very unclear. So forgive me if I make a prediction about a player who doesn't end up playing on Saturday.
Here are 10 bold predictions for Arsenal's Premier League opener at St. James' Park.