After a slow start to the campaign, Arsenal are getting it together as they bid to win the Premier League title or the first time since 2004.
Arsene Wenger came under scrutiny this summer for his lack of transfer activity but the Gunners appear to be set to challenge for silverware this season. Wenger has his critics but fans cannot have too many complaints about Arsenal’s current standing.
Five victories in a row have transformed Arsenal from the verge of a potential casualty into genuine title contenders and Wenger has, for the time being at least, won the majority of supporters over.
Given time, the Frenchman could still be the man to take Arsenal back to the top but time is running out: he almost needs to succeed this season if he is to save his legacy as one of the greatest managers in Arsenal’s long-standing history.
As of October 10th, Betway are offering 6/1 on the Gunners to win the Premier League title this season and they stand a great chance of challenging if they can maintain their current run of form.
In midfield, Arsenal are stacked; the likes of Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all integral to their hopes and aspirations – and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Arsenal go close with so much creative talent in the middle of the park.
The Gunners are still suspect defensively but Arsenal have improved since Shkodran Mustafi arrived at the Emirates Stadium. Per Mertesacker may be a fan favourite but he is a liability and that is why Arsenal needed to invest heavily in a centre-back this summer.
With Mustafi alongside the reliable Laurent Koscielny, Wenger’s men have the basis and foundations for a solid backline for many years to come.
Heading into the international break, Arsenal were right in amongst it at the top of the table and supporters will be quietly confident of their chances ahead of a reasonably decent run of fixtures.
If the Gunners are in the top four at Christmas, Wenger’s side could push on and pip their rivals to the title – they always seem to finish the season well. Last season, Arsenal went on a formidable run and snatched second from north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. This season, it could be the title.
It won’t be easy but with Wenger steering the ship, anything is possible. Yes, the Frenchman hasn’t exactly fulfilled expectations in recent years but he still has one moment of magic left in him before he sails off into the sunset.
On paper, this Arsenal side should be winning titles and this could finally be their year to get back to the summit of English football. Watch this space, the Gunners mean business…