After many near misses and false dawns for the past 12 years without a Premier League trophy, Arsenal have finally learned to rise to the challenge of the Premier League title this season. With the signing of quality players and things falling in the right place, the Gunners can finally win it.
There’s a lot that is different about Arsenal this season. They’ve not had a very trophy-laden decade but they’ve displayed quality season in season out ever since their last title
We’ve seen Chelsea win the league, the Champions League but we’ve also seen them stutter and finish in positions like 6th and 10th. Manchester United too have struggled to find their ground after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and have finished outside the top 4 a couple of times. The consistency that Arsene Wenger has achieved at Arsenal is something remarkable. However, that does not compensate for their consecutive failures to land the title after showing promise earlier in the season.
This season, there seems to be a contrasting whiff surrounding England. Arsenal
Much like other seasons, Arsenal started their season with a poor showing and slumped to 3-4 defeat at the Emirates to Klopp-led Liverpool. From that very day, their season has taken a dramatic turn as they went on an unbeaten streak
There are no qualms about the fact that Chelsea
Experience is what sets Arsene Wenger apart from the other managers in the fold. All title challengers -Chelsea, City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United – have new managers. While most of them are completely new to the league, Mourinho is handling a completely different squad. So, Wenger will have a trick or two up his sleeve to stave off competition from the others as the league progresses owing to his Premier League acumen that he has built over two decades.
Theo Walcott, the man who had failed to live up to his potential all this while seems to have finally found his feet at Arsenal. He has settled well in his new position and is making some valuable contributions in the Arsenal attacks. He has already managed 8 goals and 2 assists this season and seems to be effective when cutting in from the right wing. On the other
Alexis Sanchez, as we know, is not an out and out striker but he is extremely capable of leading any team’s attack. Wenger has shown faith in the Chilean who has performed brilliantly scoring 12 goals in the league so far. Sanchez often drops back pulling defenders towards him and this allows Ozil to provide his exquisite services to Walcott, Iwobi/Chamberlain down the flanks who use their pace to penetrate and score or create goal-scoring opportunities.
Defensively too, Arsenal appear to have addressed their fundamental weaknesses. Koscielny and
Those reading this article till this stage may question- how can chokers Arsenal suddenly turn over a new leaf and spring a surprise having lost 2 games in a row? No team wins the league with a smooth sailing. Every eventual champion has had his boat rocked at some stage in the season. Arsenal
Arsenal will also be buoyed by the return of their German defender Mustafi who was missing on all the occasions when Arsenal lost this season. Arsenal
Arsenal’s midfield maestro Santi Cazorla would not be available till February-end but his return cometh March will spur Arsenal onto a strong finish as the season closes. The two-footed magician breathes life into Arsenal when he’s there on the pitch. The Spanish stalwart is vital in the Gunners’ transition and movement from defence to attack. In the words of Arsene Wenger,” When Santi is out, we miss the pass from deep midfield to high midfield, security on the ball, getting out of pressure.”