One game down, 37 to go. But what would constitute a successful season for Arsenal?

There are at least 10 Arsenal first team squad members away on international duty this week, so if you get as nervous as I do every time there is an international break, I thought I'd try to divert your attention by trying to find out exactly what us Gooners realistically expect from our club this season.

Samir Nasri has already pulled out of the French squad with a thigh strain, but if you feel like wearing down the worry beads further, the other players who have been called up by their countries include Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Johan Djourou, Lukasz Fabianski and Aaron Ramsey. If I've missed anyone out, be sure to let me know.

I'll update you on Nasri's prospects for the weekend as soon as Arsenal announce anything, but in the meantime, here's the diversion I promised.

We've only played one Premier League game, but that shouldn't matter when it comes to gauging your wish list for Arsenal this season.

Now I know that we should all be answering four tropies - Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carling Cup - but I personally think that's beyond the Arsenal team, or should that be teams, as I'm including the Carling tournament.

It's three years since we last collected any significant silverware and even Arsene Wenger admits we need to win something this season.

"Every season is a season when you have to win something,” said Wenger. “But the difference between winning and losing is very small at the moment.”

And Arsene’s top targets are obvious...

“For me the two massive trophies are the Premier League and the Champions League,” revealed Wenger, as if we didn’t already know his ambitions.

“We were close in both competitions [last season]. So let's go and try again. We want to win things. But had we made 70 points and won the Carling Cup people would have said for me it is not satisfying.
"What is dreadful when you are a big club is to be out of the title race in September. That is why it is so important to get a good start."

So it appears that Wenger believes that the league and Europe are within our capabilities this season and while I wouldn’t say no to that, I’d be satisfied with the Premier League title, with maybe the Carling Cup as a bonus for the young Guns.

But the domestic competition gets tougher every year and I think some fans forget that not only are we in the toughest league in the world, but we’re also up against the highest spending clubs who are also just as eager to lift the spoils.

So if you truly believe that Arsenal can win all four competitions, by all means share that belief. But otherwise, what would be the acceptable standard for the Gunners to achieve this season?

If we do end the campaign empty handed, be prepared for the plastic fans to start baying for blood. More to the point, be prepared for some of our top stars to start looking for new employers.