If there’s one club that’s divided in the Premier League right now, it’s Arsenal.
It was perhaps a shock decision Arsene Wenger decided to stay on following his first season at Arsenal finishing outside the Champions League places. Fans were calling for his head, and it seemed his time had run out.
But no, he signed a new contract for one last stab at the Premier League, not that you’d think that after a lack of activity in the transfer window this summer. The negativity has only continued, with Wenger actually performing worse so far this season.
The Gunners struggled to make signings over the summer and bookmakers expected a tough season. The odds on Arsenal to win the Premier League were large, and with good reason.
Alexandre Lacazette was the only plus from a torrid summer, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined in January. Theo Walcott left for Everton and Alexis Sanchez went to Manchester United in a straight swap for Mkhitaryan.
Their title charge never really got off the ground, and although they reached the League Cup final, they were humiliated by Manchester City. Their FA Cup defence was ended by Nottingham Forest at the first hurdle and they are 13 points behind fourth placed Tottenham in the race for Champions League.
The Europa League appears to be their main focus now, and their best route back into the Champions League.
Leading the line for Arsenal are Lacazette and Aubameyang, who both arrived at the Emirates with quite the pedigree. They’ll be a good bet on the Premier League top scorer next season, when the post-Sanchez era reaches the next level.
Arsenal Transfers 2017/18
Below are the players who have moved in and out of the Emirates this summer…
Alexandre Lacazette – £47.7million from Lyon
Sead Kolasinac – Free Transfer from Schalke 04
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £60million from Borussia Dortmund
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Swap for Alexis Sanchez with Manchester United.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £34.2million to Liverpool
Wojciech Szczesny – £10.98million to Juventus
Gabriel Paulista – £9.9million to Valencia
Kieran Gibbs – £6.8million to West Bromwich Albion
Yaya Sanogo – Free Transfer to Toulouse
Joel Campbell – Loan to Real Betis
Carl Jenkinson – Loan to Birmingham City
Lucas Perez – Loan to Deportivo La Coruna
Emiliano Martinez – Loan to Getafe
Theo Walcott – £20million to Everton
Alexis Sanchez – Swap for Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Manchester United
Mathieu Debuchy – Loan to St Etienne
Olivier Giroud – £18million from Arsenal
Arsenal Squad 2017/18:
David Ospina, Petr Cech, Matt Macey
Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers
Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Danny Welbeck, Chuba Akpom
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Premier League/First Division: 13
Champions League/European Cup: 0
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Most Appearances: David O’Leary – 558
Highest Goalscorer: Thierry Henry – 228
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