4 reasons why Arsenal fans should feel optimistic about next season

The 2017/18 season was not exactly a great campaign for Arsenal fans.

The Gunners did reach the final of the League Cup and the Europa League semis. Ultimately, they finish the season with no trophies. Unless we are counting the Community Shield, we still have their worst league position in over 20 years.

Despite finishing outside of the top four, which is miraculously now considered nearly as good as a trophy. Gooners should feel somewhat optimistic heading into the 2018/19 season.

New Manager

With Arsene Wenger walking away after more than two decades at the helm at Arsenal, the Gunners will get a new boss for the first time since 1996. To put this in perspective, midfielder Alex Iwobi was born in the same year as Wenger arrived to the north London outfit.

It’s safe to say that the Frenchman’s departure has been met with a variety of opinions. Nevertheless, whether you’re ‘Wenger In’ or ‘Wenger Out,’ it’s difficult to overlook just how important of a manager he was to Arsenal.

There is no doubt that Wenger is the club’s most successful manager in their illustrious history. Although it would have been nice to see the often criticized boss go out on a high note. Arsenal endured their toughest season in the Frenchman’s tenure with the Gunners.

Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira, and Leonardo Jardim (among others) have all been reportedly linked with the Arsenal job.

Each one of these potential candidates would bring something different to the club. No matter who the Gunners front office chooses, Arsenal fans should get behind and support him from day one. Something they probably should have done with Wenger over the years.

Aubameyang/Lacazette Up Front

Arsenal may have had defensive issues during the current campaign, but they have not had many problems scoring goals. This is especially the case since the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January.

The electrifying striker has managed nine goals and four assists in just 12 Premier League games with the Gunners. In fact, his minutes-per-goal ratio (110) is currently only topped by Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero, and Harry Kane.

Along with Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette has also been a solid performer up front for Arsenal. Brought in for a reported fee of about £46.5 million during the summer, Lacazette has managed 17 goals and four assists on the season.

This is especially respectable when considering the Frenchman rarely completes a full 90 minutes on the pitch.

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