Are you, like me, a tad worried over the lack of a decent keeper arriving in the more respected area of north London any time soon? We know, or at least we think we know, that AW has seen the light and is shipping out Manuel Almunia and, despite some less than confident displays last season, retains faith in Lucasz Fabianski.
But is the manager really going to head into the campaign with the Pole as No.1 and either Vito Manone or Wojciech Szczesny backing him up on the bench?
The rumours persist that AW has offered Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer a player-coaching role with his squad and reports suggest he wants the 37-year-old to take over as his first-choice next season but had an initial bid turned down.
As for Almunia, he could be on his way back to Spain with hometown team Osasuna showing an interest. He was nowhere to be seen in our opening pre-season friendlies against Barnet and Sturm Graz which AW has put down to ‘illness’. He is on the tour of Austria with the glorious Gunners but could be saying his farewells soon if AW can tempt Schwarzer.
As I said, though, the longer these negotiations go on, the nearer the opening game against Liverpool looms and the more nervous I get about our strength in depth. Another area of concern is the centre of defence. With Mik Sylvestre, Bill Gallas shown the door surely we need extra cover other than Tommy V. alongside either Johan Djourou (who looked strong against Graz) or new boy Laurent Koscielny?
Super Sol is still lurking and we know AW has offered him a year deal but he has suitors elsewhere in the shape of Celtic, Newcastle and Sunderland. Will he choose the loot over prestige? I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him back in the colours of the mighty Arsenal next season. Not surprised at all.