IT says much about Everton's progress in recent years that summer has become the time when there are mumblings of disquiet.
If things have gone smoothly on the pitch during the past three seasons, the same cannot be said about when the shutters have rolled up on the transfer window and the business of buying and selling players has started.
Watching a number of their rivals lavish vast sums has led to a number of Evertonians becoming disillusioned and frustrated, wondering what might happen if David Moyes was given a budget that enabled him to compete for the best players available.
The situation, unfortunately, has been no different in recent months.
Since losing the FA Cup final, Everton have recruited Jo from Manchester City on a season-long loan and brought in Americans Anton Peterlin and Cody Arnaux to bolster the reserve set up but the headline grabbing deals have been conducted elsewhere.
Moyes, of course, wanted to have his business wrapped up by now and he would have been much more relaxed if Tottenham Hotspur had not hijacked his bid to sign Kyle Naughton from Sheffield United.
Yet whereas Moyes was fearing the worst ahead of Blackburn Rovers' visit on the opening day last season, this time around his mood is altogether brighter as he attempts to mastermind Arsenal's downfall tomorrow.
True, not being able to call upon Phil Jagielka, Mikel Arteta, Ayegbeni Yakubu or Victor Anichebe is a big handicap to overcome, while the saga that has swirled around Joleon Lescott in recent days has been anything but helpful.
Cast a glance at Everton's likely starting line up, though, and then think about their achievements in the second half of the campaign just gone and it quickly becomes apparent why Moyes is counting down the minutes until the first whistle is blown.
This might well be the time when the metaphor of climbing mountains and scaling new heights is used but if others will start on their journey with shiny, new gear, Moyes has no problem using tried and tested equipment as he embarks on another ascent.
'Being able to walk out at a packed Goodison on a day like tomorrow is what we are all in it for,' said Everton's manager. 'We have got something like 10-and-a-half months to look forward to and you can never tell how it is going to pan out.