Date: 7th September 2011 at 1:14pm
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So the Internationals are all but over, the transfer window is closed, we have new players in our side, and the Old Trafford debacle is firmly behind us.

The season starts here.

There`s no getting away from the fact that we`ve dropped 8 points in three games, and considering that came on the back of an horrific end of season run in last term, little to no movement in the transfer market, and two almost debilitating summer transfer sagas.

But this is a different Arsenal team now (frustrating injury woes aside), we`ve brought in lots of talent and experienced players, we`ve got Frimpong back from suspension and a tidy little match to ease us into our “new season”.

The Gooners in attendance at Old Trafford we just about the most awe-inspiring and majestic things I`ve ever heard in football, and if we can recreate that against Swansea and the boys put in a great performance and get 3 points on the board then we can start working towards getting results and working our way up the table.

It`s abundantly clear that we are going to have our work cut out for fourth place, and that sugar-daddies have made it nigh-on impossible to compete for the title, but fresh faces and a new sense of urgency can see us make a real fist of it this season.

If the new players bed in quickly and play to the standards we know they`re capable of then this could turn out to be a decent season despite our hideous start.

Up the Arsenal.