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The new Barclays Premier League season gets underway on Saturday and prior to the first kick, TSN.ca presents a week long look at some of the teams and stories that will shape the up coming campaign. Last season, Arsenal finally ended their trophy drought with an FA Cup championship. Can they bring more hardware to Emirates Stadium this season? Manager: Arsene Wenger Last Season: 24-7-7 (fourth in Premier League) Notable Additions: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), David Ospina (Nice), Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) and Calum Chambers (Southampton). Notable Subtractions: Nicklas Bendtner (free agent), Johan Djourou (Hamburger), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Park Chu-Young (free agent), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) and Thomas Vermalen (Barcelona). That was Then: For a good chunk of last season, it appeared as though the Gunners were primed to win their first Premiership title in nearly a decade. Staying in contention for so long may have been enough for the Emirates faithful as the season started out under dire circumstances. The teams failure to land a top-flight name on the transfer market, despite interest in the likes of David Villa and Christian Benteke left many fans wondering what the end-game was. The team then went out and lost its opener 3-1 to Aston Villa, on the back of a Benteke brace no less. The Gunners would rebound, however and seize control of the Premiership in Week 4 on the midst of what would become a nine-game unbeaten streak. In fact, outside of two visits to Manchester, the Gunners would not drop a game between their opener and a Feb. 8 trip to Anfield. Over that span, the club would spend just one week anywhere other than the top of the table. Olivier Giroud would prove the catalyst in the teams early-season success, finding the net in each of the teams first four games and having Welshman Aaron Ramsey capture the BPL Player of the Month Award for September. (The Canadian Press) However, their attack would take a hit in the new year, with Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil (amongst others) all missing considerable time. The Gunners would hit the skids for two months, winning just twice between Feb. 8 and April 6 dropping home points to both Manchester clubs and suffering a humiliating 6-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. The club was able to stop the bleeding enough to pull together a five-game winning streak to finish the season and preserve their spot in Champions League. They were also able to bring some hardware to their supporters in the form of the FA Cup. That title, though, would not come easy despite early-round victories over Spurs, Liverpool and Everton. The Gunners edged defending Champs (/Championship club!) Wigan on the back of penalty kicks before eventually erasing a 0-2 deficit in extra time of the Final against Hull. This is Now: At least Arsene Wenger has delivered his clubs supporters with the off-season splash of talent that they so hungered for prior to last season. In the dying days of the 2014 World Cup, he secured one of the competitions breakout stars, working out a transfer for Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. (The Canadian Press) If Walcott returns to full health, Ozil, Giroud and Podolski keep form and the team gets a full season out of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the addition of Sanchez could give the Gunners an outright scary attack. It also helps them keep pace with their cross-town rivals in blue, after Chelsea added Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa. Based on last seasons progression, there is no reason to believe the Gunners cant compete for the Premiership if their core players stay healthy. A top-four finish at the very least should be expected given the Luis Suarez-sized hole in Liverpools attack. The team will have to find an new option with the arm-band as captain Thomas Vermaelen is off to Barcelona, but the club has enough proven depth, especially in the trio newly-minted World Champions: Ozil, Podolski and Per Mertesacker. Burning Question: Having finished no higher than third since 2004-05 can Arsenal be counted as a true Premiership contender? Or, is the team merely good enough to round out the top four? TreQuan Smith Saints Jersey . Seriously. Seven years of losing has brought many different faces, players and management, to the annual pre-season get-to-know-the-team round up. Saints Jerseys . -- Jose Bautista never worries about hitting homers during the regular season. http://www.shoptheofficialsaints.com/Eli...-Saints-Jersey/. Rookie Marek Mazanec made 39 saves for his first NHL victory and the Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 Saturday night. Rick Leonard Saints Jersey .J. -- Jaromir Jagr has hit so many NHL milestones this season for the New Jersey Devils that he is starting to downplay them. Marcus Davenport Saints Jersey .She struggled with a hacking cough, she was sick, and she twice celebrated too early, but she held her composure in a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory on Saturday.On her third match point, she let her racket go before hearing a let call to what she thought was an ace.SASKATOON – L.P. Dumoulin finally got the oval-track win he was looking for. The road-course ace from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, came out on top in a wild green-white-checkered finish to the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Wednesday in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Dumoulin and Joey McColm stayed out when the leaders pitted under caution inside of 10 laps to go to setup a dramatic finish on the .333-mile progressive-banked track. On the restart, new leader McColm get loose coming to the white flag and Dumoulin powered to the front. He then held off Jason Hathaway and Scott Steckly in a race to the checkered flag. It was the third career Canadian Tire Series victory for Dumoulin in the No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge. His first two came on the road course at Ontarios Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013. He also took over the championship points lead by 10 over JR Fitzpatrick. Behind Steckly, Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani brought home the top five. Like race winner Dumoulin, it was the best career oval finish for Tagliani. McColm salvaged a sixth-place finish, followed by Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington, Noel Dowler and Eric Thiering. It was shaping up to be a second straight victory at Auto Clearing for Steckly, who paced both practices and captured the pole earlier in the day. The defending event and series champion led the first 80 circuits from the pole and a race-high 153 in total. He had a commanding lead late in the race as he led 72 laps during an extended green-flag run -- putting all but five other cars down a lap -- before the final caution came out. McColm and Dumoulin had pitted much earlier in the race (Dumoulin on Lap 36) for their right side tires; drivers were allowed a maximum of two tires for this event. That left them out to fend off the challenge of Steckly and Co. on fresh tires. The race featured eight lead changes among five different drivers. Dumoulins only two laps led were the last two of the event. The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will premiere on TSN on Saturday, July 26 at 33 p.ddddddddddddm. and on RDS2 on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. The Canadian Tire Series will return to action on Saturday, July 26 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec) with the National 250. NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Velocity Prairie Thunder 250Unofficial ResultsWednesdayAt Auto Clearing Motor SpeedwaySaskatoon, Sask.Lap length: 0.333 miles(Start position in parentheses)1. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 251 laps, 60.874 mph.2. (5) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 251.3. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 251.4. (3) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 251.5. (6) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 251.6. (8) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 251.7. (12) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 251.8. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 250.9. (7) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 250.10. (17) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 250.11. (15) Stefan Rzadzinski, Edmonton, Alta., Dodge, 249.12. (14) Nick Jewell, Fort Frances, Man., Dodge, 248.13. (13) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 237.14. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 199.15. (2) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Chevrolet, 157.16. (18) Dennis Laforce, Athabasca, Alta., Chevrolet, 124, fan belt.17. (16) Ian Admiraal, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 113, electrical.18. (9) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 103, drive shaft.19. (19) Jason Hankewich, Kindersley, Sask., Chevrolet, 0, did not start. Race StatisticsTime of Race: 1 hour 22 minutes 23 secondsMargin of Victory: .154 secondsFastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (82.020 mph, 14.616 seconds)Caution Flags: 7 for 46 laps.Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-79; J. McColm 80-112; A. Ranger 113-127; J. Hathaway 128-170; S. Steckly 171-172; J. Hathaway 173; S. Steckly 174-245; J. McColm 246-249; L. Dumoulin 250-251. Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 209; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 199; 3. A. Ranger, 191; 4. J. Hathaway, 187; 5. D. Kennington, 183; 6. S. Steckly, 175; 7. N. Dowler, 159; 8. J. McColm, 151; 9. A. Tagliani, 141; 10. S. Mathews, 125. 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