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Misplaced optimism @ Arsenal?

Regular readers may suspect my answer to this question, particularly as I didn't dance for joy when Sanchez signed.

However, the 5-1 demolition of Benfica - albeit in a friendly - gives us significant grounds for optimism.

Mostly, though, it confirmed what I already believed: Bellerin is a potential superstar of the future, Sanogo will be fine once he remembers where the net is and Martinez is a decent prospect.

Additionally, I discovered to my delight that Campbell is not just a talented individual: he's a good team-player as well. Some fans complained about his fitness level, but I'm not too worried about that at this stage.

As well as that, Chambers slotted in beautifully. His mature display belied his tender years.

Based on this performance, Sanchez will certainly trouble defences, especially in Europe. In the Premier League though, I still can't see him scoring more than 11 in his first season at Arsenal. I'll be happy with that, as it's a decent return for a first season in a new country. What's more is Arsenal definitely have a stronger squad with him in it, that's for sure.

To conclude, can we maintain a title challenge with this squad? I think we have more chance than last season, I'll say that much. I'm worried about getting carried away after what is just a friendly game, but nevertheless we have to be pleased with what we saw.

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