Arsenal are beginning to show their title credentials
After a slow start, Arsenal have started to produce title-winning performances and remain just two points behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Arsene Wenger’s men have found their shooting boots in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in their last three league matches.
Furthermore, they showed their quality in beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week. Wenger’s side are, without a doubt, genuine title contenders and could well go on to lift the crown at the end of May. Here’s why I believe they will finally get their hands back on the trophy for the first time since 2004.
They have been fortunate with injury scares (so far)
This will probably change throughout the season but Arsenal have been incredibly fortunate in the opening stages of the season. While both Manchester clubs have suffered injuries to important players, the Gunners have avoided any serious injury issues so far. Danny Welbeck has been on the sidelines for a prolonged period but it’s unlikely that the England striker would displace either Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud even if he was fit.
Unfortunately, Aaron Ramsey picked up a hamstring injury in the victory over Bayern on Tuesday evening. While the extent of the damage is still unknown, Arsenal’s midfield maestro may be forced to miss some time. The Gunners will be praying that the Welshman’s injury isn’t too bad and he can return to first team action in the near future.
Arsenal’s strength in depth is immense
Arsenal have one of the biggest and deepest squads in the Premier League. From goalkeeper to striker, they have talent all over the field and Wenger is one of the best managers for rotating the squad to keep players fresh and motivated. They have at least two competent footballers for every position on the pitch and that is one of the main reasons for their early season success.
While they haven’t been able to compete financially with the might of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent years, Arsenal continue to attract top quality players and they have built a truly strong squad. They have won the FA Cup in each of the last two seasons but Wenger will be aiming for the Premier League title this season. Arsenal may not get a better opportunity…
The Gunners (and Wenger) are hungry for success
Arsenal’s recent cup triumphs have only fuelled their hunger to succeed at the top level. Wenger’s days are numbered and while the club board may not sack the Frenchman, he will be keen to bow out of his illustrious Arsenal career with yet another major trophy. The Gunners look determined to win competitions and have a number of huge personalities that can keep the dressing room motivated and focussed on their ultimate goals.
There are still plenty of points to be won but Arsenal’s supporters will be very impressed with their recent league form. The Gunners seem to have carried their end of season form into the new campaign and, despite a couple of mishaps and disappointing results, they are well on the way to challenging for the crown once again. They have an immense mix of experience and youth, and this could prove crucial towards the end of the season.
Although Arsenal didn’t invest heavily this summer, they have improved
While many Arsenal supporters were annoyed that Wenger failed to invest heavily in the summer, the Gunners appear to have improved both their performances and consistency. Despite their minor blip at the beginning of the campaign, Arsenal have looked ominous in recent weeks – particularly in their most recent fixtures against Manchester United and Watford.
Wenger received plenty of criticism for opting to keep Giroud and Walcott as Arsenal’s primary strikers but both players are in sparkling form. Although Walcott is regularly selected as the starting forward, the France international is continuing to score goals off the bench and his recent strike against Bayern was a timely reminder to both Wenger and Arsenal’s supporters.
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