Three players key to Arsenal’s Premier League title bid

Shona Duthie takes a look at three players who will be key to Arsenal's bid for the Premier League title bid

By Shona Duthie

Alexis Sanchez

The Chile international was a certain fan favourite last season and scored 17 goals in his debut season. His first goal came at Besiktas which seaw Arsenal enter the group stages of the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season. Sanchez proved his love for the club and one thing that Arsenal fans adore about him is his ‘my job is never done’ mentality. Although he plays on the wing, he tracks back ensuring that he is defending for his team as well as attacking. Sanchez proved to be one to watch for any defence and causes problems whenever he is left on his own in the box. He scored a wonder strike against Manchester City last year and the fans quickly fell in love with him. While he is not 100 per cent back to match fitness since playing in the Copa America, he is still one of most watched players in the Premier League. His attitude and love for football is why he is one of Arsenal’s key players in their quest to win the Premier League this season.

Santi Cazorla

Nicknamed the ‘Spanish Magician’, Santi Cazorla showed that he can control any game when on fine form. Playing in his preferred central role was a gift for him last season, he scored and created chances for Arsenal all through the season. He has neat passing skills and sublime touches that is hard for any player to match. The 30 year old knows how to attack and defend and was spectacular to watch in key games against Manchester City and in the FA cup final against Aston Villa. Francis Coquelin and Cazorla proved a match made in heaven in the central role of the midfield and helped guide Arsenal to an impressive second half of last season. Cazorla is a fan favourite and continues to impress Arsene Wenger. Cazorla can change any pace of a game as he has shown previously and is certainly a key factor in Arsenal’s Premier League title bid.

Petr Cech

New summer signing Petr Cech has proven in the last two games he can keep Arsenal in matches and gain those vital point needed in a season. Against Liverpool, Cech was the best player on the pitch. Arsenal could have easily lost 3-0 but thanks to the amazing saves that Cech produced, they managed to gain a draw at home against a very spirited Liverpool side. Even though Cech was Wenger’s only signing in the summer transfer window, he has proved to be a valuable one. He faced major criticism after the 2-0 loss to West Ham at the start of the season. However, he has managed to keep two clean sheets against Liverpool and Newcastle and he only conceded one at Crystal Palace. As seen on the pitch, Cech is commanding presence in the defence and he keeps them in check. With his vast experience he can help guide Arsenal to another Premier League title for him and Wenger. Arsenal last won the league in 2004 and fans are desperate for them to win the trophy again. Cech can be the calming influence to the fans and they can feel more comfortable that the Czech international is the one in goals. He is the keeper they have been waiting for and can easily help them secure a Premier League title.

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