Fresh from a ticker-tape parade that concluded their domestic season last term, Arsenal may well have to organise another celebration at the end of the coming season as they have been tipped to win the Premier League crown.
According to former forward Charlie Nicholas, who won the League Cup with the Gunners in 1987, Arsenal have made up the seven point gap that existed between themselves and Manchester City in the last campaign, because of their effective recruitment policy in the current transfer market.
Arsene Wenger has signed Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez in order to provide more goals and assists to the club's forward line, has improved upon last season's right back options thanks to the acquisition of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, while also obtaining competition for Wojciech Szczesny due to the import of David Ospina.
"Arsenal will win the title," said Nicholas in his Sky Sports column. "It was a gap of seven points between them and champions Man City last season but it wasn’t a particularly fantastic season for Arsenal in terms of the big matches," he noted, referencing the heavy losses to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
"Chelsea and Arsenal are the two top teams that have impressed me the most with their new signings. I like Mathieu Debuchy – Bacary Sagna has gone past his sell-by date – and I like Alexis Sanchez, as well."
It is believed that Arsenal have one more big signing left in them ahead of closure of the summer transfer window, as Wenger deliberates over moves for Sami Khedira or William Carvalho.
"Add to that a fit Aaron Ramsey and a fit Theo Walcott, plus one more big signing, which I think Wenger will make before the deadline, perhaps Sami Khedira.
"Of course, I’m a little bit biased but I see them being much more than seven points better this season. I think that gap can be closed."
Both Khedira and Carvalho have market valuations of £24 million.