In terms of preparation, all teams are in the same boat.
For next season, all clubs are hastily arranging friendly games behind closed doors and bolstering squads that will certainly be put through the wringer by the coming campaign.
No pre-season and matches mercilessly shoved into tiny gaps means that every squad member – and probably some youth players promoted – will have to stand up and be counted.
But Arsenal have began their preparation positively and seem well set for the coming months.
It all started at the end of last season. Clashes with Champions Liverpool, Manchester City (twice) and an FA Cup Final against Chelsea meant that Arteta and his men were given a rigorous test, but we passed with flying colours. Victories over all three teams, allied with silverware shows that Arteta is on the right path in taking Arsenal back to the top.
Backroom coaching changes have followed in the small break between seasons. Getting the right team behind him, the stable support network, will only boost Arteta’s productivity and Arsenal’s march toward the top. Some astute decisions in the transfer market too, mean the Gunners are justifying the optimism flowing around the club and the fanbase right now.
Snapping up a highly sought-after Gabriel Magalhaes, aided by Arteta’s vision for both the player and the club, tells us plenty. Professionals are hearing what Arteta is building and want to play their part. Magalhaes could have earned more elsewhere, but the prospect of creating something, and also growing as a player simultaneously, was too good an offer to turn down.
Willian on a free transfer is a clever one too. The Brazilian is still getting decent numbers and his fitness is of no concern. If he gives us another two or three seasons at the same level we saw him at with Chelsea last season? What an asset we could have.
Then we regained the services of Dani Ceballos for another season. The Spaniard in the last third of the previous campaign proved to be beyond useful to our side and another season under Arteta will see Ceballos become even better.
If Arteta manages to tie down star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, we will be in great shape, both on and off the pitch, to stage an assault on all fronts next season.
We may all be crying out for another midfielder or playmaker, but if the chequebook snapped shut right now, Arsenal can still look forward to a great season.
Arteta’s Masterplan is about to be unfurled.