Club guide: Arsenal

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Title: 6-1 Relegation: 500-1 Sack Race: 33-1



L Koscielny (Lorient, £10m, right), K Ebecilio (Feyenoord, £500,000), M Chamakh (Bordeaux, free), P Roberts (Norwich City, free)

total spent: £10.5m


Eduardo (S Donetsk, £6m), L Ayling (Yeovil, free), S Campbell (Newcastle, free), F Merida (A Madrid, free), P Senderos (Fulham, free), A Sesay (Leicester, free), W Gallas, M Silvestre (both released)

total made: £6m

Player to watch

Marouane Chamakh. Tall Bordeaux striker should increase Arsenal’s aerial threat.

Squad worries

Defence is again the concern. Conceded more League goals than Aston Villa and Liverpool last season aswell as the teams above them.

Manager speak

Arsène Wenger goes into his 15th season rightly respected by players, peers and pundits, despite five years without a trophy or a finish in the top two.

Story of the summer

The interminable Cesc Fabregas saga dominated, not least his wearing a Barça shirt when celebrating Spain’s World Cup win. Cesc stays – for now.

Last season 3rd

In contention until late injuries to Fabregas and others.

This season 3rd

Aesthetically pleasing as ever, with some added punch.