Having missed out on a top-four finish in the past three seasons, Arsenal will be aiming to break the habit in 2019-20 and maybe even mount a challenge for Premier League glory.
They acquired Lille forward Nicolas Pepe as their first huge summer signing, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be expected to build on their goal-scoring form in the new season.
Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at the Gunners' pre-season friendly schedule, the club's transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.
Arsenal pre-season fixtures
|Date||Match||Time (UK / US ET)||Venue|
|Jul 16||Colorado Rapids 0-3 Arsenal||1am / 8pm||Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO|
|Jul 18||Arsenal 2-1 Bayern Munich*||4am / 11pm||Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson CA|
|Jul 20||Arsenal 3-0 Fiorentina*||11pm / 6pm||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte NC|
|Jul 24||Real Madrid 2-2 Arsenal (3-2P)*||12am / 7pm||FedEx Field, Landover MD|
|Jul 28||Arsenal 1-2 Lyon||3:15pm / 10:15am||Emirates Stadium, London|
|Aug 4||Barcelona||7pm / 2pm||Camp Nou, Barcelona|
*Part of the 2019 International Champions Cup
A tour of the United States is in store for Arsenal this summer for their pre-season preparations, as they take part in the 2019 International Champions Cup (ICC) for the third year in a row.
The tour kicked off in Colorado with a game against Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Colorado Rapids and the Gunners then made their way to California to get their ICC commitments under way against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Their final match in the ICC was against Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid in Maryland.
Arsenal 2019-20 transfer activity
Arsenal's transfer business this summer looked to have been confined mainly to outgoings until they smashed their transfer record with the £72 million coup of Pepe from Lille in early August.
They will, of course, be without the services of Aaron Ramsey, who joined Juventus on a free transfer, Petr Cech has signalled his intention to retire and Danny Welbeck left following the expiry of his contract.
Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba signed, but will spend the 2019-20 season on loan with the Ligue 1 side, while Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos joined on loan..
Transfer activity in
|FW||Gabriel Martinelli||Ituano||£6m||Jun 18|
|DF||William Saliba||Saint-Etienne||£27m||Jul 25|
|MF||Dani Ceballos||Real Madrid||Loan||Jul 25|
|FW||Nicolas Pepe||Lille||£72m||Aug 1|
Transfer activity out
|DF||Julio Pleguezuelo||Twente||Free||May 21|
|GK||Petr Cech||Retired||-||Jul 1|
|MF||Aaron Ramsey||Juventus||Free||Jul 1|
|FW||Danny Welbeck||Released||-||Jul 1|
|DF||Stephan Lichtsteiner||Released||-||Jul 1|
|GK||David Ospina||Napoli||£5m||Jul 4|
|DF||William Saliba||Saint-Etienne||Loan||Jul 25|
Arsenal began their new Premier League season on August 11 with an away trip to Newcastle United.
You can see the full Arsenal fixture list by here .
Arsenal 2019-20 squad numbers
|32||MF||Emile Smith Rowe|