After years of decline, it is time for the excuses to be cast aside and improvement to begin under Mikel Arteta

Guardian writers’ predicted position: 6th (NB: this is not necessarily Nick Ames’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)
Last season’s position: 8th
Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 50-1

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