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Cesc Fabregas will once again be key to Arsenal’s ability to compete both at the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League. The Spanish midfielder was badly missed last season during his spell on the sidelines and his continued fitness is vital if Arsene Wenger’s side are to challenge for honours. Theo Walcott continues to play an ever-increasing role for both club and country and his speed can threaten defences both at home and abroad.
Robin van Persie, Tomas Rosicky, along with Nicklas Bendtner and a fit-again Eduardo all have important parts to play and with Carlos Vela expected to feature more regularly following the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City, there should be plenty of attacking options on display at the Emirates.
The only signing so far has been defender Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax. With Arsenal’s defence somewhat more permeable last season, Arsene Wenger will look to the Belgian international to provide a steadying hand. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia maintains an imposing presence at the rear but will also expect a little more protection this time around.
The serious injury sustained by Samir Nasri in pre-season will be a blow to the Gunners as they will be without the Frenchman for between two and three months. It will be even more vital that their big guns stand up to be counted particularly in the early stages of their campaign.
A Brief History
Arsenal FC was founded in 1886, in Woolwich, south-east London, but by 1913 they moved north across the city to Arsenal (and later Emirates) Stadium, Highbury. They have won thirteen First Division and Premier League titles, ten FA Cup and in 2005–06 became the first London club to reach the UEFA Champions League final. The UEFA Cup Winners Cup has also rested in the Highbury trophy cabinet for a season. Originally called Dial Square, they later became Royal Arsenal.
The legendary Herbert Chapman was behind the signings of such players as Alex James and Cliff Bastin, Arsenal’s record scorer until Ian Wright came along. Under Chapman, Arsenal won the First Division five times, and the FA Cup twice. Sadly, Chapman died in 1934 of pneumonia but George Allison continued the run of success. They won the league a further 3 times and the FA Cup once from 1947 to 1952. However, the club soon slipped into mediocrity, unable to attract top tier talent. From the mid-1950’s until the late 1960’s, the club went trophy-less.
Despite winning an historic league and FA Cup double in 1971, a solitary FA Cup win in 1979 was all the Gunners had to show until a decade later when the once again lifted the league title. However, since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996, the club has won league titles in 1998, 2002 and 2004, with four more FA Cup wins and a Champions League final (lost 2-1 to Barcelona).
Arsene Wenger will not wish to see a repeat of last season when it looked at one point that they would not achieve a Champions League spot. Many will see 2009/10 as the season when the real Arsenal needs to show it’s face once more. The average age of the squad has been reduced over the past few years with some good young players being introduced to first team action by Wenger. However, surely this season must see the progression from promise to deliverance of promise and Wenger will be keen to make a good start in all competitions.
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