At the time of writing, Arsenal fans were being forced to wait a day later than normal for their opening weekend fixture against West Ham United which was this year scheduled for the earlier game on Sunday.
For the first time in a long while, Gunners fans are entering the new season with genuine hope that their club might be able to win the biggest prize of them all this season after signing Petr Cech and finally having proved they can get one over on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho in the Community Shield.
For some, Arsene Wenger’s men are still a Karim Benzema away from winning the title but with three or so weeks left of the transfer window, the tabloids are still awash with reports that the Frenchman could be winging his way in from Real Madrid by September 1st.
Most recently, Arsenal fans have had to put up with stick from rival fans after Jack Wilshere suffered his umpteenth injury, this time a hairline fracture in his foot and things were made worse considering it was his own team-mate Gabriel Paulista that his put him out of action.
Arsenal fans will hope no more members of their squad suffer the seemingly inevitable annual injury crisis that has blighted the Gunners and their title hopes early on as it did last season.
But with most of Wenger’s squad fit and healthy right now, just what is the Gunners’ strongest starting eleven on paper?
Click on the image below to reveal what we believe to be the best starting XI Arsenal can field under Arsene Wenger next season.