This season is a big one for our club.
It is also a season of judgement for Unai Emery. The margin for error that new coaches get has now eroded, and it means that the Spaniard must begin to deliver what he was brought in to do.
Return Arsenal to where they once were.
We are of course, a massive amount of progress away from winning the title, but in terms of Champions League admission? That is well reachable, and no excuses can be made for failure this time around.
So it is interesting to see that one of the first moves Emery has made since returning for pre-season is to promote Reiss Nelson and Jo Willock to the first team squad permanently.
For Reiss Nelson in particular, this coming campaign could see him propel himself not just into the first team picture on a more permanent basis, but also into the England reckoning.
The opportunity for Nelson is a far greater one than it is for Willock. This is simply down to Arsenal needing an out and out wideman, which is something Nelson can deliver. Willock has much more competition for his role, and must be patient before making his presence felt.
Whereas Nelson, if he hits the ground running, can make an instant impact. That would mean a first team spot nailed down, and surely England reckoning – given Southgate’s dearth of choices out wide also.
Nelson did just that in his loan spell with Hoffenheim. He will be a better player for his success and struggles in the Bundesliga and coming up against some tough defenders. Nelson is a far better player than the one who left on loan last season.
The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been filling in out wide and while the Gabon striker must surely have done enough to garner inclusion in the eleven, the Armenian and the Nigerian will be looking over their shoulders.
Nelson is on the brink of something quite special. If he can play with the handbrake off and forget the pressure, we could have the answer to our winger conundrum.
Good luck Reiss!