Arsenal: Prospects and Takeaways for 2021-22 Season

Overview of the Last Season

Arsenal started their season by winning the FA Community Shield defeating Premier League, Champions Liverpool. Later failed to keep that momentum ticking. Eventually, it turned out to be nothing less than a frustrating season for Arsenal. Once again they were too much inconsistent in the Premier League, managing to win just 18 games and finishing 8th, which means they are without European Football this season for the first time since the 1994-95 season. An early exit from the FA Cup, a trophy that they won last season, added more salt to the fan’s wounds. The story was the same in the EFL Cup as well. Arteta seemed to be clueless on many occasions and failed to get past Eventual Champions Villareal in the Europa League Semi-Finals that ended their hopes of qualifying for the UCL and saving the season.

What have Arsenal done this Window

Believe it or not !! Arsenal is the biggest spenders this summer, in a window where Messi, Ronaldo, and Lukaku all switched clubs. Arsenal had to offload too many players from their squad and from their wage sheets as well. Veteran David Luiz left the club early in June as his contract expired. Matteo Guendozi, William Saliba, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin all left the club on loan. Joseph Willock and Willian moved permanently to Newcastle United and Corinthians respectively.

Arsenal outgoings
Arsenal outgoings – David Luiz, Willian, and Bellerin

Arsenal secured the signatures of Youngsters Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga early in the window. It was followed by the big-money signing of Ben White from Brighton. The Young English Centre Back joined the Gunners on a Fee of $76M, the club’s record spending for a defender. Martin Odegaard who went back to Madrid after his short loan spell with Gunners came back to the Emirates on a permanent deal worth $44M. Aaron Ramsdale came to the club as a permanent backup for Bernd Leno, as the North Londoners failed to find a replacement for Emi Martinez last season. In the hope of fixing their shaky defense, Arsenal made a surprise move of signing the Japanese Youngster Takehiro Tomiyasu on the deadline day, a player who can play both as a CB and an RB, an area where Arsenal need a serious overhaul.

Expectations from this Season

The downfall of Arsenal is one of the hottest topics in English Football right now. The Club is having its worst days in recent years, or maybe in a couple of decades. Arsenal desperately wanted to have some Europan Football back at Emirates. At least a Europa League Qualification can provide some relief for the fans. But their poor start in the Premier League means Arteta’s job is at high risk. Arsenal is currently at the bottom of the table losing 3 games and just one win that too against Norwich. Gunners have conceded 9 and scoring only one.

Winning a trophy seems to be very much unlikely for Arsenal this season, and what they want at the moment is to gain some consistency and produce some good results. A Top 6 finish this season can satisfy the fans. Of course, it’s not a big thing, but for Arteta, it’s going to be a big challenge.

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