Arsenal enjoyed a confidence-boosting Community Shield win over Chelsea to open the 2015-16 campaign, but nobody will read too much into that as the real business of trying to wrest the Premier League from Jose Mourinho's men begins.
While our writers were impressed with Arsenal's finish to last season and believe they will fight hard, they seem to again expect the Gunners to come up short.
Tim Poole: It’s ludicrous that people think signing Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper somehow makes the Gunners title favourites. But I see a good season nevertheless.
Freddie Shires: After some close calls over the years, Arsene Wenger’s luck when it comes to top four finishes will finally run out.
Damien Lucas: A step backwards for Arsene Wenger's side who went into the season as runners-up but as usual did not bring in players to push the club on even more when it mattered most an injury to Sanchez will leave the Gunners bang in trouble.
Chris Linnell: They certainly have the quality, but a dip in form (or a fitness crisis) at some stage of the season could damage the Gunners title credentials.
Olly Dawes: The signing of Petr Cech will certainly help Arsenal, who showed promise of being a title challenger last season. A couple more additions may be needed, but the Gunners will be in contention.
Mathew Nash: The signing of Petr Cech and with Alexis Sanchez firing Arsenal will be in the title fight this term. However, a traditional fadeout is likely.
Che Thomas: Though it’s difficult to predict the order of the rest of the top four after Chelsea, the Gunners’ form since the start of the year was sensational, meaning they are arguably the closest challengers to the Blues if they can start as they’ve played for most of 2015. Petr Cech is obviously a massive signing, but not quite enough to see them win the league. They need a striker, or for Theo Walcott to explode into form in that position.
Stephen Pickering: The Gunners have their best squad in years, but the strength of City, United and Chelsea leaves them still looking short. Nevertheless, if injuries can be averted then Wenger has a side that can put up a title fight. Key player: Theo Walcott.
Michael Stevenson: Petr Cech’s arrival has added Premier League winning experience to an already impressive squad, giving Arsenal their best shot at a title in years. Will ultimately fall short.
Billy Hawkins: A strong season, but once again issues arise from a lack of quality depth
Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.
And here it is:
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