Arsenal finished sixth in the Premier League last season and two-time Premier League champions Nwankwo Kanu recently declared that it would take a "miracle" for the Gunners to immediately challenge for the tile this season.
It's obvious that their defence held them back from greater success last season, and it's been a problem which has been ongoing for some time.
Instead, they will have to rely on Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini to lead their line into the new season. Liverpool, just like Tottenham, must win something someday.
During the second period of former boss Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign as manager, the Gunners were routinely criticised for their tactical naivety. The Gabonese worldwide scored 10 goals and assisted four more in only 1058 Premier League minutes.
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Arsenal have reportedly told Danny Welbeck that he would be surplus to requirements this season under Unai Emery and have instructed his agent to find a new club for the forward.
This is the seventh consecutive season that Arsenal have kicked off a Premier League campaign with a home game, but they've only won two of the previous six (W2 D1 L3). I repeat: "organised, then play".
That gutsy display against the eventual bronze medalists is thought to have gained manager Akira Nishino more favour in his homeland, but the Japan FA would still prefer to bring in Wenger. But Spurs and [Harry] Kane must make use of the current momentum they have before it collapses one day.
The Croatian World Cup hero would be a welcomed addition to the lacklustre Arsenal backline, a problem which Emery has highlighted as his side's biggest weakness over the summer transfer window. Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) have come in to strengthen Arsenal's defensive corps, while Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), who helped Uruguay to reach the Quarter-finals at this year's FIFA World Cup, looks like a dream signing for the holding midfield role the Gunners have been struggling to fill since Patrick Vieira left to join Juventus 13 years ago. He must take more risks and continue his development. "I see many keepers playing at his level".