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Expectations for the season

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Oxeki, Aug 18, 2020.

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Expectations for the season?

  1. Title Contenders

    7.9%
  2. Top 4

    15.8%
  3. Top 4 + deep cup runs

    41.6%
  4. Top 6

    5.0%
  5. Top 6 + deep cup runs

    15.8%
  6. Another inconsistent season

    4.0%
  7. No expectations, just see how Arteta gets on

    9.9%
  1. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    I don't know. Let's say Pepe comes good this season so we get Grealish LW instead of Sancho RW. We also get Aouar, but no other incomings. We could line up like this:

    Grealish - Auba - Pepe
    Aouar - Partey
    Xhaka
    Tierney - Gabriel - Saliba - Bellerin
    Leno

    Admittedly, that's quite a good side. Still, I think we're an established RCB, RB and DM short of going for the CL. Title could become very interesting though. That's also assuming Aouar would kick on immediately (Grealish I assume would slot in quite seamlessly).
     
  2. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    I think Grealish has priced himself out of a move for a long time now signing a new deal with Villa. I wouldn't want him here for more than £50-60M.

    A lot of options open up next summer. Szoboszlai for example will be leaving and even potentially someone like Odegaard could be available. I'm almost certain we'll go down a different route from Aouar.

    Its wish list stuff of course and dependant on so many factors but I do believe Xhaka will be like our "Henderson" in the sense that he's not rated by many but ultimately becomes a main stay when we have the correct midfield around him.

    I think buying an elite attacker next summer is very important to make the transition away from Aubameyang easier.
     
  3. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    You're assuming that none of our highly talented players like Martinelli, ESR, and Saka won't develop, or they will be bench players forever.
    The only difference between ESR and Aouar is a couple of injuries and a chance, something that can definitely go in our favour very soon.

    Fans are obsessed with spending, but sometimes solutions are in our own backyard. In cases like with Partey and Gabriel, you have nobody coming through and it's understandable to invest, but I see Aouar as a luxury and not someone we desperately need.
     
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  4. SA Gunner

    SA Gunner Hates Tierney And Wants Him Sold Immediately Trusted

    This season I'm interested in a cup and top four.

    The Europa League would be magnificent, a massive feather in Arteta's cap and clear evidence that we can mix with some of Europe's best teams and win.

    As for the league, I think Sp**s, Chelsea, Everton and United are there and will be challenging. If we are able to incorporate a more attacking style with Partey, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willian, Özil, Saka, in addition to our current containment style and keep our key players fit, then we can get fourth.

    My concern is whether we will be able to get Auoar next summer, would still love him to join us.
     
  5. Oxeki

    Oxeki New Threads, Old Tweets

    Top four and Europa league title and it would have been a magnificent season.
     
  6. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    I'm not actually, but I was just going along with the hypothetical. Not sure what I would do next season, but I'm eager to find out how Saka, ESR and Martinelli will develop.
     
  7. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Rumours that Utd are already in contact with Potch and will be pull the trigger soon if results don’t pick up.

    I guess he’ll be Utd manager by Christmas and the January window.
     
  8. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    I bet he will turn Jones and pals into VVD's in no time.
     
  9. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I've no idea, but they say judge after 10 games or so. At this point I'd still be pleasantly surprised if we got top 4, I still think the 5th or 6th positions are possible representations of our overall squad quality. But this is going to be a weird year, so who knows.
     
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  10. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    I honestly don't have any expectations given how unpredictable everything is at this moment but I'm really enjoying seeing how it's gonna end up. Or at least, I'm trying to enjoy as much as I can - I've been so busy lately that I have missed most of our last 3 matches. Can't remember the last time that happened.

    If I had to make a prediction, I think we'll finish 5th but I have a feeling that we will win the Europa League this season and end up in the CL. Just a hunch I have rather than an expectation.
     
  11. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Doubt it, Jones hasn’t played in this Utd team for a long time. He’ll improve them though, just like he made Sp**s a CL club and always finishing above Arsenal. Even reached a CL final.
     
  12. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    Yeah, what I meant is that their CB's are close to a joke and they sold one of the best ones to Roma in Smalling.

    Even Maguire is turning into a ****houser who takes his own team mates down in favour of opposition scoring.

    Manager change won't affect that much very fast.

    Even Rio is not impressed, and he knows about defending.

     
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  13. boonthegoon

    boonthegoon Well-Known Member

    Top 4 for sure

    If we had signed aouar also would have gone for top2
     
  14. Sanchez11

    Sanchez11 Superior Journalist To Charles Watts

    Id take 4th now and a cup win, Arteta needs another 3 windows at least to get us up there.
     
  15. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    3 windows?! We are probably two top tier players away from being up there now.
     
  16. Sanchez11

    Sanchez11 Superior Journalist To Charles Watts

    Yeah either 1 summer 2 winter or visa versa. We need a cf next year and 2 attacking cms along with another top cb.
     
  17. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Think we just need a LW not a CF. Auba will transition to CF.
     
  18. I honestly don’t know what to expect. Way too many changes in the league to predict anything.
     
  19. Sanchez11

    Sanchez11 Superior Journalist To Charles Watts

    Martinelli at LW i dont know.
     
  20. CanadianGooner1608

    CanadianGooner1608 Well-Known Member

    Saw a stat that in this calendar year, in the league, we'd actually be 3rd.

    Now I'm not letting that blind me, I am expecting a few disappointing results, as we are in transition, but IF Arteta can maintain course while making the changes we need in term of personnel (so far so good!), I can definitely see us top 4. Stars would need to align massively for it to happen though, but I'll be hopeful until it's mathematically impossible for me to be.

    I don't know about you all, but Europa or CL, I want a european trophy in the cabinet, which is something I didn't think I could aspire to see anytime soon. Lad is making me a believer, and that's scary as, in the past, as an Arsenal fan, it was always the hope that killed.

    Give me a top 4 + europa and it will be a 10/10 season
    Give me a top 4 and a domestic cuo: 9/10
    Give me top 4 and no cup whatsoever: 8/10
    Give me 5th place and Europa: 9/10
    Give me 5th place and a domestic cup: 7/10
    Give me below 5th and a cup (Europa =7/10, domestic = 6-5/10)
    Give me below 5th and no trophy, and I'll cry myself to sleep for about a week.
     
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