Arsenal go into the new season with far more questions than answers after a turbulent summer.
Much of the discussions around the club have been linked to departures rather than the additions that are so desperately needed in order to end the club’s six-year trophy drought.
Captain Cesc Fabregas looks increasingly likely to return to Barcelona and Samir Nasri, the man who would be king, is keen to join Gael Clichy at Manchester City.
The players coming in have done little to lift the cloud above the Emirates, with Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the only signings so far.
Should Fabregas and Nasri go, it would leave a huge hole in Arsene Wenger’s midfield and their chances of claiming their first title since 2004 looking bleak, with odds of 9/1 confirming that.
Another hole yet to be filled is in defence, which proved to be the Gunners’ downfall last season.
Thomas Vermaelen’s return from injury is a major boost but question marks remain over Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny, as well as Kieren Gibbs, who will fill the vacant left-back position after the departure of Clichy.
Fans are hoping boss Arsene Wenger moves for a central defender, with Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Chris Samba all being sounded out as possible targets.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Emirates faithful. Robin van Persie is in the form of his life after finding the net a record 18 times in 19 games towards the back end of last season.
The Dutchman is 7/1 to claim the golden boot and if he can stay fit for the duration of the season – and with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho pulling the strings in midfield – they could well be in the mix.
Last season’s Carling Cup final disaster was the start of a downward spiral that culminated in a fourth-placed finish in the league.
They are 13/20 to remain in the coveted Champions League positions but that luxury will come under serious threat from Liverpool and north London rivals Tottenham.
The cup competitions could represent a more viable option of finally claiming some silverware.
They are 9/1 to go one step further and win the Carling Cup this season and 8/1 to triumph in the FA Cup, the last trophy they won back in 2005.
A good start to the season is a must for Arsenal but the fixture list has handed them a nightmare opening month. First up is Newcastle, the scene of last season’s catastrophic 4-4 draw, when they inexplicably surrendered a 4-0 half-time lead.
They then entertain big-spending Liverpool at the Emirates before travelling to Old Trafford to face champions Manchester United.
All this is further complicated by a Champions League play-off against Udinese sandwiched in-between. The opening month could well define Arsenal season and determine Wenger’s future.