It's here. The season is officially upon us, and we're in for an exciting nine months of football.
Expectation, worry, and criticism have all been apparent in the offseason, but for Arsenal, it's been mostly criticism. This is due to their lack of activity in the transfer market, as rather than strengthening the squad Arsenal have seemed to focus just on keeping key players Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at the Emirates.
The Gunners have made two major transfers in Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Although these moves added more depth to the attack, fans of the North London outfit wanted Arsene Wenger to strengthen the defense rather than the attack.
Criticism of Arsenal has also come because of some unsatisfactory preseason results. However, the Gunners have showed that when they have their best players in, they can play at a perfect tempo, and usually score a goal or two.
I think Arsenal will do a lot better than people expect them to this season, as they usually thrive as the underdogs. Here are 15 bold predictions for the Gunners in their 2011-12 campaign.