After what seems like forever, the Premier League is finally back to light up our screens! In preparation for the opening weekend, Millsy’s View is going to take a look at each team and review how they have done so far, how they might perform with the remaining fixtures and where they might finish in the league.
It is obviously going to be very different, as we have already seen with the return of the Bundesliga, where the lack of fans seems to give no home advantage. Also, many teams have come back seemingly better prepared, whilst conversely, some are not so well prepared. Nonetheless, in this article, we’re going to a look at Arsenal and try to analyse how they might do.
The Story So Far
After a pretty much disastrous start to the season under Unai Emery, followed by several months of mixed results, Arsenal finally decided to get rid of their manager and hire Mikel Arteta in December. Following that, The Gunners have been somewhat more stable, losing only 2 games since he took over and winning over half of them.
Gunners fans have also become quietly more confident, showing the optimism that has been missing from the club since well before Wenger left the club. They see Arteta as having a cool head, showing many of the mannerisms that he shares with his previous boss, Pep Guardiola.
What’s Coming Up?
First off, Arsenal face up against Manchester City for the first time since Arteta’s arrival. It also takes place on the first matchday of the restart, just after Aston Villa vs Sheffield United. It will surely be a hotly contested game, as both sides look to start thelast chunk of the season with a win.
Arsenal have the unlucky distinction of having to play their first 4 games away, not having a home game until they face Norwich at home in July. Up until then, they will play Brighton and Southampton, two winnable games, before facing the aforementioned Sheffield side. If they can get away from those games with 7 points, they should be able to overcome a poor Norwich side which will give them some sort of a head of steam before going into a crucial four games , which are all against sides above them in the table.
Where Will They Finish?
Arsenal are still well in the race for Europe and I think they will be able to make it into 7th at least, if not higher. I think they have more about them than their North London counterparts Spurs and could probably edge out a good Wolves side.