The longer the Arsene Wenger era continued, the more unlikely it appeared that Arsenal would win another Premier League title under the Frenchman.
The board eventually decided that push had come to shove and now we have Signor Unai Emery in charge of the Gunners, with the former PSG wasting little time in imposing a new regime.
While players like Danny Welbeck, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil haven’t been involved due to World Cup participation, it’s worth noting that Arsenal don’t have the glut of players at the business end of the tournament that you will find with Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
They also have a striker in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who boasted a pretty healthy goals return when arriving from Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon forward could spearhead a successful season.
Alexandre Lacazette isn’t a bad Plan B and we have seen Stefan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos arrive to shore up a defence which was just far too leaky last term.
OK, so the competition is fierce and there will be five other top flight teams challenging for top honours, with Manchester City likely to put together a sturdy defence of their crown.
Pep Guardiola’s spent a lot of last season unbeaten although there are players returning from the World Cup and an understanding from opposition teams of what they might encounter this time around.
Manchester United seem to be stuck in the previous decade with their tactical approach, with Liverpool regarded by the bookmakers as the team most likely to challenge City but we prefer Spurs at a far lumpier price.
Tottenham may have issues adjusting to life at the new White Hart Lane, with Chelsea having just dispensed with the services of Antonio Conte after a couple of tumultuous years at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal can’t be accused of this level of chaos and Emery might just dispense with the Europa League campaign and look to “do a Conte” by winning the title at the first attempt since arriving in England.