As many remember, the Gunners faced an uphill battle after their poor start to the campaign last season and will not want to repeat their mistakes in the the upcoming 2012/13 season.
While Arsene is sure to have learnt his lesson, the task at hand will be a difficult one as Bacary Sagna, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere will not be fit for the start of the season, while new signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have had no significant pre-season preparation in Arsenal colours.
Wenger has admitted that Bendtner, Squillaci and Park are likely to leave, but uncertainty still hovers around the futures of Englishman Theo Walcott and little Russian Andrey Arshavin, while Van Persie is considered an almost definite departure.
Wenger is quoted as saying by ESPN Soccernet on Wilshere:
Hopefully, we will get Wilshere back playing for October. With Abou Diaby returning, it will be like signing two new players. This season, the squad will be strong and competitive.
He is subsequently quoted as saying by ESPN Soccernet after the match against KitChee:
Podolski and Giroud may take longer than expected. I cannot play them in pre-season, so I will ease them in the Premier League.
Sagna will be short for the start of the season and Rosicky will not be back until September, in my opinion. Rosicky did fantastically well for us at the end of the season, so it is a big blow. The injury he has got comes from the European Championship.
Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere.
Arshavin, it depends. We have to sit together and talks. He could still have a future at the club.
The players who were out here [Far East Tour] will have had enough games but some players will have only one game.
I decided to have one game behind closed doors to try and get a good opponent but at the moment it will be behind closed doors against ourselves.
I have organised a training camp in Germany ahead of the Cologne game. It is a little bit unusual for us.
In my personal opinion by the far the biggest casualty for the start of the season is Bacary Sagna. The French full-back has always been a consistent performer in both attack and defence at right-back and one feels that young Jenkinson is likely to be exposed as the weak link at the back.
The other obvious casualty is Robin van Persie and who will replace him at the start of the season. With Wenger admitting that Giroud is likely to be eased into the Premier League, there is some chance that Walcott may reprise his role at the front for the first few matches.
Then we come to the attacking midfield position. With Rosicky out with injury and Ramsey likely to be rested after the Olympics, Diaby will look to make a successful return from injury or else it will be upon the young shoulders of Oxlade-Chamberlain to take the reigns, unless of course rumours suggesting Santi Cazorla is coming to Arsenal are true.
All in all, it looks as though Arsenal will face a very demanding start to the campaign against very tough opposition [Sunderland (H), Stoke (A), Liverpool (A), Southampton (H), Manchester City (A), Chelsea (H)] and with key figures already absent from the squad. Hopefully they can pull through and get some good results!