Last season didn’t end as well as Arsenal would have liked, but a team with very obvious pieces missing – both through injury and a squad that wasn’t deep enough – finished 5th in the Premier League.
Having added a top class forward, and four other signings, there is an air of excitement around the club as we head into the new campaign, and it was something Mikel Arteta spoke about at his press conference this afternoon.
“I think we are all enthusiastic,” he said.
“We had the pre-season that we wanted, it was well organised, we had good results, good performances, good preparation, but now the ball starts to roll to tomorrow evening in a completely different context against a Premier League team and we know what to expect there.
“But it’s true, we are with a level of energy and ambition to have a successful season and we have to show that on the pitch tomorrow night.”
With a squad that is now almost completely moulded in the image he wants, the Spaniard was pressed about his own excitement levels, and said, “You try every day to be more excited and love your players more and feel more privileged of where you are.
“The more things you do that are related to the way you feel, and you share that feeling with the club like we do, then it comes a common thing.
“At the end it’s not about me, it’s about how we all feel about what we are doing, we all feel an integral part of it, especially our supporters, when we do that, I always say it becomes very, very powerful.”
Arsenal kick off against Palace at Selhurst Park tomorrow night, hoping for a fitness boost from three of the four doubtful players, as we seek an opening day win against tough opposition.