By Avenell Dave
Read any of the Arsenal blogs or Twitter feeds and a common theme emerges.
There is uncertainty over the goalkeepiing situation and concern that not enough investment has been made in the squad this summer.
Apparently the financial figures will show that Arsenal have become less reliant on TV revenue and have a lower wages to revenue ratio, putting us in a strong position as football finances start to bite.
The emergence this season of Jack Wilshere, JET, Harvard Nordveit and Emmanuel Frimpong have compensated for the departure of a number of seasoned pros.
The predominance of Lukasz Fabianski in pre-season - and his failure to allay any concerns about his worth as an Arsenal goalkeeper - have raised questions about who is our number one. Another shocker last night (click here to watch it) hasn't exactly strengthened Flapphandski's position.
Certainly with Manuel Almunia seemingly on the fringes and Szczesny not yet ready, the speculation about a new goalie must be unsettling to everyone.
Arsene Wenger has somewhat fluffed his way through questions which suggests he wants a new number one.
While many of us would like a world class stopper who can win us points now, the smart money is on a stop gap such as Mark Schwarzer who will hold the fort until Szczesny is ready.
Laurent Koscielny looked good in the Emirates Cup, but less impressive against Legia Warsaw and there have to be questions raised about his ability to cope with the direct running and intense atmosphere he will face at Anfield.
Given the bizarre Bacary Sagna story on Arsenal.com about Spahic which was then removed, the need for at least one more centre back to replace Senderos/Gallas/Silvestre and Campbell is all too apparent.
We've got a good team. Maraoune Chamakh will give us a new edge, Carlos Vela looks better and even Theo Walcott looked the part last night.
But while there are concerns about the fitness of Alex Song and Abou Diaby and with Cesc Fabregas and RvP unlikely to feature on Sunday, I'm awaiting the new season more with trepidation than excitement.
We're cash rich and may well be waiting til the end of August to push the hardest deals, but if we suffer at Liverpool and or Blackburn, the season could be an uphill struggle before it's begun.
So come on Arsene and Ivan - fill the gaps we all know need filling so we can turn potential into trophies and prove to the world that Arsenal are not an also-ran anymore.
By Avenell Dave