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You would say losing 8-2 to Manchester United would represent the end of an era for Arsenal, and in many ways, you would be right. Today, Arsene Wenger resurrected that era.
Lost in all the news about Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving the Emirates are the arrivals of several players that fans hope will improve the squad.
Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are great prospects for the future, while the arrivals of Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Park Chu-Young all drastically improve the squad immediately.
Sagna - Vermaelen - Mertesacker - Santos
Benayoun - Arteta - Wilshere
Walcott - Van Persie - Gervinho
Suddenly, the team looks strong and look able to compete with the best. We have to remember that, while it has been a disastrous start, only three games have been played—and Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League.
They look strong for the first time in many years. Greener pastures are ahead.
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