Arsenal faces their first test of the new season when they face champions Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley in the FA Community Shield.
The Gunners struggled against fellow top five teams last season and the Citizens themselves hammered the Gunners 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium. However, Arsenal now look to have a stronger all round team with the summer additions of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.
This game could be an early season benchmark as they seek further silverware, after ending their nine year wait for a trophy with an FA Cup last season. The Gunners finished seven points behind City in the Premier League last season, after leading the table for much of the campaign.
Manchester City will be looking to challenge on all fronts this season. The Citizens finished just two points ahead of second-place Liverpool last season and they will be looking to make a good start to the campaign with a victory over the Gunners.
City has not been majorly busy in the transfer market this summer. The Citizens of course signed French full-back Bacary Sagna from Arsenal and strengthened their defensive midfield options by signing Brazilian star Fernando from Portuguese club FC Porto.
The men from Manchester also brought in a new back-up keeper in Argentine Willy Caballero from Malaga to replace last season’s back-up Costel Pantilimon, who left for Sunderland on a free transfer.
Neither team will be at full strength for this clash, as both have had players away on international duty at the World Cup, who are not quite ready to play.
Arsenal’s Germany World Cup winning trio Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski will not take any part in this game. Colombian keeper David Ospina has a thigh injury which will also prevent him from featuring against the Citizens.
New signings Calum Chambers, Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy are all likely to feature for the Gunners though. Young French striker Yaya Sanogo could also start the game as a lone striker, with compatriot Olivier Giroud still recovering from his participation at World Cup.
City will also go into the clash with a weakened side. The champions will be without injured Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo.
Their World Cup players Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany will also miss out, as will new signing Frank Lampard.
New signings Fernando and Caballero could both make their debuts for City though, who will be looking to Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic to continue his fine pre-season goal scoring form.
However I would not write-off the Gunners chances in this clash, as the players seem in determine mood to put right the poor performances of last season against the leagues big boys and could start by claiming victory over City on Sunday.
Will Arsenal win the Community Shield?