The 2013–14 season is Arsenal Football Club's 22nd season in the Barclays Premier League and 94th consecutive season in the top flight of English football and seems to be the most interesting for the passionate followers of the north London club who have endured a long period of trophy drought and exodus of some of their star players to other clubs.
The 2014/2014 season began in a very unusual manner for the Gunners, loosing 3 - 1 at home to Aston Villa and the sending off of star defender Laurent Koscielny a result which turned out to become a blessing in disguise as the gunners got up from their stumble to record a marathon run of victories(5).
Soccer4life in this article takes a look at five reasons why every Arsenal fan worldwide should be hopeful.
1. The signing of Mesut Özil
For a very long time Arsenal have not been known for signing ready made top quality players , the last if I can remember was the signing of Denis Bergkamp from Ajax. All other players who turned out to become stars were all nurtured at the club under the tutorship of Arsene Wenger with players such as Henry, Viera, Robert Pires, Van Persie, Fabregas, Samir Nasiri and most recently Jack Wilshere.
So the capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid is a big plus to the team, even though many are of the opinion that the club didn't require the services of the midfielder since the club already boast of having a large number of players in that area of the field.
Arsenal didn't need Mesut Ozil. They needed a world-class striker, a midfield enforcer, a proven goalkeeper.
Yet, by accident or design, the north Londoners have landed themselves a “football grenade” according to Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, there is no doubt that the team is elevated by a player of Ozil's near-peerless quality.
Ozil's higher-risk passing, his perfection of timing and weight, could get the best out of the speedy Englishman Walcott. Arsenal style of play has been typified by an inability to convert their superior possession into a more commanding scoreline unlike their play a like team Barcelona who enjoy the services of Xavi Hernadez and Andres Iniesta. In five of the Gunners' final six games of last season, they failed to score more than one goal. Against Fulham in April they enjoyed 64 per cent possession but had just three shots on target, while against Everton they enjoyed 55% but produced a measly two shots on target and zero goals.
Ozil is a fabulous addition to Arsenal's ranks, and far from the superfluous, crack-papering signing he could be regarded as. An explosive final-third spark, a through-ball demon, a counter-attacking assassin, and one of the most exhilarating, established talents to ever join the Premier League from foreign shores.
2. The return of Mathieu Flamini
With the signing of Mesut Ozil fans of the gunners failed to take notice of any other thing happening around the Emirate, while fans were still celebrating the signing of Ozil a former gunner returned home to a place where he made his name and played his best football.
Flamini's return to the club could not have come at a more better time than this, when Arsenal have failed to protect themselves at the back whenever they match teams who play the counter attacking style. The presence of Flamini would give the Arsenal midfield a balance as he will provide a shield for the back four and also present a platform for the building of attack from deep.
With the injury crises at the heart of the defence, Flamini can easily fit in there and do a wonderful job.
3. Oliver Giroud is now scoring.
known for his size, physical style of play, his heading ability, his shot power and his strength. Giroud failed to replicate the form which saw the Gunners cough out the sum of £9.6 million to bring him to the club from Montpellier in France where he finished as the league top scorer with 21 goals and 12 assists.
Giroud finished last season with 17 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances in all competition a stats which didn't fare well with many of the fans in north London who had expected much more from their top striker.
4.Nicklas Bendtner determined to do well for the gunners.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has vowed to kickstart his career at The Emirates despite missing out on a move away.
The Denmark international was poised to leave and held talks with various clubs including Crystal Palace. However, after Arsenal were blocked in their attempts to sign Demba Ba from Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger asked Bendtner to stay.
Though the Danish has vowed to do well for the club, Arsene Wenger and his technical team have advised the striker to loose weight if he is to get a chance to play in the team.
With Bentner hanging around the gunners dressing room, there is every reason to be hopeful because the striker will pose a threat to any defence in the league because of his height something Arsenal has lacked since the departure of Emmnuel Adebayor.
this comments from Nicklas Bendtner is one which many Arsenal fans will feel happy to read over and over again;" 'I still feel very strongly about Arsenal Football Club and following positive talks with the manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help to the team and the manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season.
‘I’ve learnt a lot from my loan experiences at Sunderland and Juventus and I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.’
5.Wojciech Szczęsny is mighty and amazing in goal
His composure, agility, and command of his area led to his establishment as Arsenal's first choice when he was 20. After winning his place in the first team, Szczęsny expressed his desire to continue as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper for the rest of his career, Three years on and Szczesny is still holding on to the number spot despite the arrival of Emiliano Viviano from Palermo.
Despite having a very bad start to the premier league season, the Polish goal keeper has been a rock at the back, and if he continues with this form Arsenal fans world wide have every reason to be hopeful.