EPL Great Expectations of the New Season : Chapter 1 : Arsenal

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IAugust 11, 2011

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It has been a while since I wrote my last article here in Bleacher Report, but it's good to be back and hopefully I guess I can win back the notoriety I had gained during my one year here on this site.

In the first of a twenty episode series, we will take a look into what we can expect from the Premier League teams this season. While newly promoted clubs QPR, Norwich and Swansea City will try to make a memorable impression of their arrival, the fight for the top spot is going to be fierce too.

In this episode, we will start of with the North London club Arsenal, the fans' of whom love me the most. Arsene Wenger has been subjected to severe criticism after his young Gunners gave a dismal performance last season.

The Londoners' were looking set to end their trophy drought after five long years, but after a shock loss to Birmingham in the Cup final, Wenger's promising bunch of "now not-so-young" talents lost the plan. They crashed out of all competition within a span of three weeks.

The Gunners' have now gone six years without a medal, and it's effect has been started with top talents like Fabregas and Nasri ready to leave the club for greener pastures. Arsene Wenger is yet to accept defeat as he continues believing his dream of creating a team similar to Barcelona. Though new signing Gervinho has shown plenty of promise since his arrival, the team remains lacking.

Moreover, the Gunners are suffering from their chronic player injury problems. While Diaby and Wilshere are long term absentees, Vermaelen, Van Persie, Arshavin are also not fully fit.

With Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool getting ready to fight for a top four spot, Arsenal seems the most likely team to suffer. Numerous pundits are predicting that this season might at last see Arsenal being tipped off from their top four spot.

Their cause is not helped by the fact that their top class midfielders' Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas might leave the Emirates by the end of the transfer window. If the duo leave, it can spell lots of trouble for Arsene Wenger's men, as their departure will create a huge void in the Gunners' midfield.

This season, Arsenal's fortunes rest on several factors. Firstly, it remains to be seen whether Wenger can keep Nasri and Fabregas at the Emirates for another season. If he loses them, it might become the season when Arsenal slipped out of the top four.

Secondly, and most importantly, is whether Arsenal can have a season without injuries to their top players because if they fail to, the other teams will catch up with them. Lastly, Wenger needs to build up the brittle confidence of his players, who seems to crumble under pressure.

This season does not look very promising for the North Londoners, and if they fail to land a trophy yet again, this might as well mark end of Wenger era. Though becoming champions seems a distant dream, landing a top four spot is the least expected from the Gunners.