However by 4.45 on Saturday, many would have been wishing it was the first day of pre season once again, following their shambolic 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa.
The boos at the final whistle directed towards Arsene Wenger and the clubs board told their own own story.
Arsenal have left everyone bemused in the close season with their failure to bring in new players, despite their statements that money would be used to build a squad capable of challenging for honours once more.
And what has left Arsenal fans most frustrated is the fact there is still no logical explanation for as to why no new players have been bought in.
Arsene Wenger insists the club are busy trying to identify the ‘right players’ before spending, but surely the players the club have been linked with throughout the past 3 months would have made a significant improvement to any side?
If the money is there, why has it not been spent?
The fact Wenger had to rely on a jet lagged Santi Cazorla during the opening day defeat says it all.
Whilst the Arsenal manager can claim he is looking for the right players, the 5 missed opportunities in the transfer market identified here leads you to believe there is more than meets the eye going on at the Emirates.