For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, second season syndrome is a ‘condition’ that teams supposedly face after being promoted to the Premier League. The idea is that they are able to stay in the top flight for one season, but in the second, they just seem to fall apart a bit and can’t maintain their place in the division.
In our mind, though, we also feel like there could be a second season syndrome worry for Arsenal Football Club. That may sound a little odd, but hear us out a bit. The following five players/personnel that we’re about to list, in our mind, had a solid enough first season with the Gunners in the 2018/19 campaign. With the upcoming season having so much pressure attached to it, though, we wonder whether or not it’s going to get to them a little bit.
You may think that they’re starting to get settled, but in reality, the exact opposite could be happening – and we don’t even know it.
We think this is the biggest red flag of all, because let’s face it, there’s a lot more concern regarding Unai Emery’s stint as Arsenal manager in comparison to just a few short months ago. If he is unable to get off to the best of starts in the first few months of the campaign, then he could be gone by Christmas. No, we aren’t kidding.
Bernd Leno is one of the key shining lights from last season, but now that he’s already being tipped as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, he needs to be careful. After all, we all know that one or two mistakes is all that it takes for a goalie to get crucified by the masses.
Sokratis has the potential to be one of Arsenal’s best defenders, but in equal measure, there’s always the lingering possibility of him turning out like Mustafi.
This should be a breakout season for Lucas Torreira, and we really, really hope that this idea of a second season syndrome doesn’t come true for him. If he can live up to the hype, he could be the difference maker for Arsenal this season, and we mean that.
Guendouzi is young but he’s got a good head on his shoulders, and we just hope that he can keep himself composed and continue to develop in the right kind of way. The potential is there, and we can all see it.
Do you think any of these players, or the manager, will suffer from second season syndrome?