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Arsenal: Champion contenders?

This year’s start to the new Premier League season has thrown up many questions. No team has exploded out the blocks; plenty have spluttered, but Arsenal, usually the king of slow starts sit happily at the top of the table. The Gunners have also unexpectedly found themselves among the favourites for the title this season with the sort of sportsbook. The question is: do they have the means to win the league?

The free-flowing attacking side formulated by boss Arsene Wenger, is going hell-for-leather with four consecutive league wins. The £42.5million signing of Galactico Mesut Ozil has sent fans into raptures, finally a big money signing after many years of financial shrewdness. The loss of Robin Van Persie really showed last year as they often looked short up-front, but Olivier Giroud has stepped up this season and is proving he is the man to replace the big boots left by the Dutchman. Injury plagued Aaron Ramsay meanwhile has been unplayable against this season, showing signs of the promise that persuaded Wenger to bring him to the club five years ago.

Arsenal are not without their problems though. Inconsistency has always been their Achilles heel, often losing games that they should be winning, such as their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day. Unlike teams such as Chelsea and United, Arsenal struggle to win when they are playing badly and this has led to the gulf between them and the top three.

Another predicament for the club is that Giroud is their only striker after they missed out on Luis Suarez in the summer. Possessing one striker is hugely problematic; if he were to get injured they’d be in all types of trouble. You can’t mount a title challenge without a goal-threat.

Ultimately, we will see whether Arsenal pose a threat come January. If they are still in the hunt for the title and have the funds to bolster their squad, bringing in a defender and striker, they have every chance of winning the title for the first time since 2004. Watch this space!

 


 

 

 

 

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