2010/2011 Premier League Preview: Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas is staying, but has Wenger strengthened enough in key areas for the Emirates side to challenge this season?

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Arsene WENGER - 05.11.2008 - Arsenal / Fenerbahce - 1er tour Champions League.Photo : Dave Winter Photo via Newscom

Manager: Arsene Wenger
Position Last Season: 3rd
Transfers In: Laurent Koscielny, Marouane Chamakh, Kyle Ebecilio, Phillips Roberts
Transfers  Out: Philippe Senderos, Fran Merida, Mikael Silvestre, Sol Campbell William Gallas, Eduardo, Francis Coquelin, Sanchez Watt

Arsene Wenger has his wish and Cesc Fabregas will remain an Arsenal player this season, despite the ridiculously long transfer saga between himself and Barcelona. Wenger maintained his stubborn stance throughout the summer and has his captain for at least another year, which is obviously good news for Arsenal fans, who are desperate for their team to push for the Premier League title.

Another long running transfer saga came to an end earlier this summer, when the club completed the free signing of Morrocan striker Marouane Chamakh. The former Bordeaux player has really looked the part during pre-season and could well be the perfect attacking re-enforcement that Arsenal were craving last season. Robin Van Persie is another plus in attack, as he now seems injury free and ready to play a big part this season.

On paper, Arsenal look strong in midfield and attack, with a blend of youth and experience in players such as Andrey Arshavin, Thomas Rosicky, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner, Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri, Alexander Song, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey. These players are all set to fight for places in the starting line-up along with Van Persie and Chamakh.

In defence however, Arsenal are not so spoilt for choice, with Wenger so far only bringing in relatively unknown French defender Laurent Koscielny as a replacement for the outgoing Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre, William Gallas and Philipe Senderos. Wenger must surely add to his back-line before the transfer window closes, otherwise Arsenal could have problems if they are unlucky with injuries.

The main concern though, may well be the goalkeeper position. With the constant failings of Manuel Almunia and Lukas Fabianski, Wenger must look to bring in a solid number one if Arsenal are to challenge. After having approaches for both Joe Hart and Mark Schwarzer rejected, he may be running out of options.

The team will look to continue their reputation as the best Premier League team to watch this season and with just a few more shrewd signings, Arsenal may well have a squad that is more than capable of competing for the title.

Caughtoffside prediction: If Wenger can sign a solid goalkeeper and one more defender, Arsenal could challenge for the top two places. If not, expect them to struggle into the top four.

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