2009-10 season preview

Gunners facing strong challenge

August 11, 2009
Arsenal spent much of the 2008-09 season with grave concerns over their Champions League future. Aston Villa's demise after Christmas may have led to an nine-point cushion for the Gunners in fourth place but that did little to hide the cracks in Arsene Wenger's squad. And this summer there have been plenty of cursory glances over shoulders.

Long since genuine title contenders - they have not finished in the top two since 2005, nor won the league since their Invincibles season of 2003-04 ...

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