While The Gunners have been vacuuming up every pre-season trophy under the sun, much of the talk off the pitch has been on transfer gossip.
Although there seems to be a universal feeling of joy and optimism amongst Arsenal fans, many are still hoping to see at least one last addition to the squad before the transfer window comes to a close.
However, the players who have the biggest impact on a club’s season don’t always come from pastures afar. Here are the three current Arsenal players who I think will explode this season:
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Despite oozing quality in his first two seasons at Arsenal, injuries have prevented Özil from featuring in the club’s side for large periods of its 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns.
But this season could be different. The 26-year-old has completed his first ever pre-season with The Gunners – missing out on such an excursion could be seen as hell for any professional player’s body – and is rapidly adapting to the bullish nature of the Premier League.
With excellent fitness levels going into the season, a selection of speedy players to ping through balls to, and an ever-improving squad to play in, you can expect Özil to finish top of the assist table next season. He’ll probably score a few too.
Prepare to witness what a team can really achieve with Europe’s best number 10 off the treatment table for a full season. It’s going to beautiful.