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Paul Grech


As a young kid, Paul Grech got used to hearing ‘oh no, not him’ when the others found out that he would be playing on their team. He quickly took the hint that he was crap at football. Hopefully, he’s a bit better at writing about it....
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Hopes and Fears


A summer of discontent has seen David Dein and Thierry Henry leave whilst there are still doubts surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future. William Gallas’ protestations that without new players the club was going to fall behind were badly timed and inappropriate, but they do ring true. A number of big name strikers were linked with a move to the Emirates but, in typical Wenger fashion he surprised everyone by going for Eduardo Da Silva.

The fans know that there is a group of extremely talented young players coming through but, after two years of waiting, their patience is running out. No one realistically expects them to win the title, but edging closer to the top two is a must.

Key Transfer


Being the player earmarked to replace a legend like Thierry Henry would weigh down anyone, but that is the tag with which Eduardo da Silva has to contend. A prolific striker in Croatia, he must adapt quickly to life in English football if he is to survive the pressure.

Something to Prove


A close one to call because both Aleksandr Hleb and Tomas Rosicky have fallen short of expectations. Frustratingly, both have occasionally shown their class yet neither have done so consistently enough to justify Wenger’s faith in them. Failure to do so would see them eventually go down the same route as Jose Antonio Reyes.

One to Watch


If there’s an impossible task at Arsenal, it is that of determining who is the most promising player coming through. Some eye catching performances last year point our choice towards Brazilian midfielder Denilson who’s maturity on the pitch is far greater than what you would expect from someone who is still nineteen.


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Bergkamp's the man:

 Can't share that view. The pre-season showed how far this team matured and how well the new players fit in. Also keep in mind that they virtally never player the complete 'first team'. You may also want to look behind the great figure of Henry: however great he was for the Arsenal, lately he brought more unrest than anything else. Probably even some of the players paniced when he left but the pre-season has shown them that there is life after TH14 and though they lost a great player the overall team is stronger than before. Can they win the PL? By all means yes. Physical opponents are not an issue any more as the game against Ajax showed us (even though they played unreasonably tough for a game of that magnitude!).

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