Three reasons why Arsenal can win the title this season
Iqbal Johal makes the case for Arsenal ending their long wait for the Premier League title this season
Deadly in attack
Arsenal are blessed to have match-winners all over the pitch, especially in an attack boasting of world-class talent. The draw at Norwich saw Arsenal play with Oliver Giroud up-front and Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez just behind the Frenchman – 16 of Arsenal’s 24 league goals coming from this deadly attacking quadruple. Giroud may be a slightly polarising figure among Arsenal fans but the stats don’t lie. The 29-year-old has scored an extremely impressive 67 times in 155 matches since joining in 2012, 48 coming in the league and seven this season. Then there is Sanchez, who has lit up the Premier League since joining in 2014. The heartbeat of the side, he also has a great eye for goal, chipping in 34 times in his Arsenal career. Ozil is too proving why he cost £42m, with threatening attacking displays making Arsenal dangerous on the counter. Added along with Ramsey, Arsenal have one of the exciting attacking line-ups in the league that makes them genuine contenders.
To go with Arsenal’s deadly attack, the Gunners now have one of the world’s best goalkeepers in Petr Cech, an area in which they have lacked top quality since David Seaman left in 2003. The 33-year-old was signed for just £10m in the summer and has demonstrated his outstanding glove-work ever since. With nearly 500 appearances, four league titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League for city rivals Chelsea, there aren’t too many with a greater know-how of winning and top-level experience than the Czech Republic international. David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny proved to be far too inconsistent last season and the arrival of Cech just shows how crucial having a world-class goalkeeper is. With just 12 goals conceded so far this season, he has certainly tightened Arsenal’s back-line and could prove to be the different between success and failure.
Say what you want about him, Arsene Wenger has proven time and time again why he is arguably the greatest manager in Arsenal’s history. The 66-year-old has a CV to boast about, leading the Gunners to three Premier League titles and six FA Cups in a spell lasting nearly 20 years. The longest-serving manager in England has won back-to-back FA Cups following a trophy drought of nearly a decade, but if anyone can end Arsenal’s 12-year wait for a league title, then Wenger is the man. In recent years he has splashed the cash on numerous occasions after an apparent stubbornness to do so, adding the likes of Ozil, Sanchez and Cech to bolster the side. It may have taken a some time but he has now got a team capable of going all the way, with a well-balanced side with quality all over the pitch. A man who took Arsenal from a mid-table Premier League team to the Invincibles, he has clearly been undervalued by Arsenal fans in recent years, but a fourth league title would be the perfect way to mark two decades in charge.