Michael, financial manager, The Greens
Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?
Club-record signing Nicolas Pépé is the obvious answer, but it’s a £2.5m defender I’ll have my eye on. Rob Holding’s return from an awful knee injury can’t come soon enough for a team who make heavy work of the most basic defending.
What league position do you think you’ll finish in?
We’ll just about squeeze into the top four, not because we’ll earn it, but because of the failings of others. Chelsea are far poorer without Eden Hazard, United will need a new manager by Christmas and Spurs will finally run out of steam after another close-season of inaction.
How will your manager fare this season?
He will need to stamp his style onto the team, and quickly. The ‘Anyone But Wenger’ bounce he enjoyed in the face of some baffling decisions last season won’t be afforded to him this time around.
How will you do in the cups?
Emery knows he’ll be judged on his league position and that alone, so expect experimental teams in the domestic cups and a fair crack at the Europa League. In short; same as last year.
What are you dreading about this season?
The ball being in our half.
Do you like your team’s new home shirt?
Versace, Burberry, Dior: your boys took one hell of a beating. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you there’s only one item of clothing on the shelves more beautiful, and it’s the Arsenal away shirt.
Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?
I love the outdoor screen at D&A, but can often be found at Kickers or Nezesaussi for the pool tables between games.
Which team will be a surprise package this season?
I’m expecting big things from Leicester City. Smart additions to a squad, which was already stocked with exciting young talent, and an excellent manager with a point to prove. I expect them to budge United out of the top six.
Who’s the hot prospect in your squad?
Loanee Dani Ceballos. A star turn at the recent European U21 Championships, he’s a cultured, dynamic midfielder who will bring more intelligence to a role vacated by the indefatigable, but erratic Aaron Ramsey.
Who will be the star man of your team this term?
Easy, Alexandre Lacazette. A tireless operator, a getter of important goals and genuinely passionate player with the whole club behind him. As close to an Invincible in terms of the affections of the crowd as anyone has been in a decade.
Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season?
Only the most blinkered of fans would disagree Arsenal are a shadow of the team I grew up with, both on and off the field. So just give me something to believe in; opportunities for youth – Nelson, Willock etc – or a style I can get behind.