10 Reasons Why Arsenal Can Win The Premier League

People who regularly read my Twitter feed and this blog, will know that something that annoys me are the “football experts”, especially those on BBC’s Match of the Day, who still refuse to acknowledge that Arsenal are capable of winning the Premier League.

And as I sit here writing this, Manchester United are 9 points behind us (despite beating us at Old Trafford and “kickstarting” their season) and Tottenham, with a superior squad to ours are 10 points behind. Liverpool are currently losing to Hull City, and Chelsea and Manchester City have yet to play. And even if they win their games, we will still finish the weekend 4 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

The “reasons” Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy and co. believe that Arsenal can’t win it is because we have yet to beat the “top teams”. And that if Arsenal suffer an injury to Olivier Giroud, then our season will be over.

However, I’ve come up with 10 reasons why Arsenal fans can be optimistic and can at least consider themselves genuine title contenders:

1. Mesut Özil

We have been crying out for a world class player for along time and he arrived this summer, in the form of German International Mesut Özil. We needed someone to give the whole club a lift and he has done that. He has the best assist record in Europe, ahead of Messi and Ronaldo, and has already assisted a high number of goals for Arsenal in his short time here. Was he worth the £42.4 million we paid for him? You bet, and he is only going to get better and better.

2. Our Defence

Since the start of 2013, we have had the best defensive record in the league and that has continued into this season. The central-defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has been unbelievably solid and Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs have been equally fantastic. Conceding stupid goals is now (hopefully) a thing of the past.

3. Wojciech Szczesny

The 23 year old Pole is arguably the best goalkeeper in the league. So many times this season, he has made some vital saves and yesterday was no exception. As Arsenal were leading 1-0 against Cardiff City, Campbell had a header saved on the line which would have been the equaliser. Fortunately, Szczesny made a fantastic save and we went on to win 3-0. More and more this season he is being asked questions and every single time he is getting the answers spot on.

4. The Strength of our Squad

We may be slightly light in the striker department but we have adequate cover in most positions. We have Jenkinson and Monreal to cover the full back positions, Sanga can fill in at centre-back and we of course have Thomas Vermaelen who can cover. In midfield, we almost have an embarrassment of riches, with Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Özil, Wilshere, Ramsey, Gnabry and Rosicky available for selection – and that doesn’t include Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby who have yet to come back from injury. We also have Theo who has just come back, and Lukas Podolski who should be back in a few weeks.

5. Our Midfield Options

As I’ve already mentioned, our midfield options are plentiful and Arsene Wenger has a selection problem most weeks. We have Arteta and Flamini who can play in the defensive midfield role, and Cazorla, Özil, Wilshere, Ramsey and Rosicky who can play further up the pitch. In most of the games we’ve played this season, and whoever has been selected, we have still managed to play our expansive, attacking football. There is a fantastic understanding between this group of players and they have the belief they can do something special.

6. Everyone is “Writing Us Off”

With no-one really taking us seriously for the Premier League, that is to our advantage. I’ve always said this season that the longer people write us off, the better. The pressure is off the squad and we can keep going about our business and picking up points. I’ve been saying for a while now, by the time everyone starts taking us seriously, it will be too late.

7. We Beat the “Lesser Teams” in The League

A big criticism is that we can’t beat the big teams. We’ve played Liverpool and Tottenham this season and beaten them, and lost to Manchester United. That means we still have to play Chelsea and Manchester City. We were under the weather against Manchester United (and unlucky with those Sagna crosses which should have been converted) and the fact is because we’re top, we don’t need to beat Chelsea or Manchester City. Teams like West Brom, Cardiff City and Southampton have taken points off Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool and West Brom apart, we’ve beaten them. When people say Arsenal haven’t beaten any “big sides” yet, they conveniently forget that the other title contenders keep dropping points against the “lesser sides”, and we are not.

Manchester United apparently “kick-started” their season after beating Arsenal at Old Trafford, yet several weeks later we are now 9 points clear of them instead of 5. Hmm…

8. Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey has really made the Arsenal midfield his own and been sensational this season, continuing the excellent form from the tail end the last campaign. He has now completely recovered, physically and mentally, from his horrific injury and is more than fulfilling his potential. His form has had a knock-on effect on players like Jack Wilshere, who look at the Welshman and step up their game as well. We all know about Ramsey’s form and goals but of late, Wilshere has been chipping in with some quality goals of his own.

9. Superstition

If you’re superstitious, and I am, then you would look to the 10 year anniversary from the last time we won the league, with The Invincible’s. Also that season, we had an iconic yellow away kit which I’m sure most Arsenal fans have fond memories of. Could it mean something? Who knows.

10. We Don’t Actually Need a Striker

A lot has been made of Giroud and his importance to the team. With Lukas Podolski still injured, we have been slightly over-relying on the Frenchman but in a way, if he was injured I believe that we could still cope. If you’ve watched Arsenal lately, the midfield options of Ramsey, Rosicky, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Arteta and Özil are all intelligent enough and adaptable enough to interchange and almost play in any position.

Remember when Spain lined up without a striker? There is no reason whatsoever why Arsenal couldn’t do the same – our midfield is that good.


5 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Arsenal Can Win The Premier League

  1. this arsenal team now plays with about three playing styles, they can play the passing game, the counter- attacking game and at the death these days they just sit back and play a defensive game very successfully i may add, before they would still attack with a one nil lead even in time added on

    IF i was wenger and i am not i would only buy world class twenty and twenty one year olds with Arsenal money, Drexler from Germany , Pogba from France and the Belgiam Bentake or Lukaku would be my choices
    if Arsenal buys this three players then they will rule Europe very soon never mind the EPL- forget all others, these players are still young and will fit in nicely, why buy a twenty seven or eight year old and then battle with them to change to the arsenal way, they are already the finished article and difficult to change the main group of players are still pretty young except Rosicky so why buy older players

    • ahmed hassan from nothern somalia so called somaliland iam a arsenal fan for almost 11 yrs i never seen arsenal playing this awsome defensive and attacking style so far this season arsenal are so hard and if they beaten up the younger teams and almost lost away from big teams and beat up at home later they only drop 18 pionts all the title race out of 114 points available this will be 96 points a record

  2. So called big or small team equals 3 points,loose to big or small team 3 points lost..arsenal should ignore those biased pundits they want to distract us..try win your game & wait for the next, by April the picture becomes brighter.

  3. In some point I am agree with you but we need a really word class striker, even I love Giroud but as his friend and country man told us he is suffering a fatigue, Podolski who I love as well is far from ready and Walcott is not strong front man and he has not that class yet but he will become in near future but we have no time for that. My concern is now and when you see other top teams they have lot of options. My other concern is Sagna he is one of our absolute best right back also in EPL and if leave us there will be big big whole Jenkinson is too green and inexperience he is a fighter but he make lot of costly error. What I prefer is a world class right back and striker otherwise our team are perfect now, they are learned each other way to play and they get better and better every match. Good luck for Arsenal and fans.

  4. Resistance to change is a common phenomenon. When Barca was given a 4-0 hiding at Bayern, many Barca enthusiasts imagined a historical turnaround at the Camp Nou. It never happened!!

    People assume Man U to be title contenders whatever their circumstance. Chelsea must also be contenders because Jose is back…. But Arsenal NOOOOO!! “Smart” pundits no longer back Arsenal…. They predicted a November Meltdown. It didn’t happen. They now say it will happen over the tight Christmas fixtures..or later.. or perhaps a Giroud Injury…they are gonna run out of options pretty soon (so if none of the above happen would Arsenal still win the league?)

    I love reasons 6 & 7.
    #6- Shearer et al may write us off if they so wish.. we just need our players to keep on working hard behind the scenes, keep on improving, keep on believing & keep on playing like champions.

    #7 -I remember some seasons back when we beat Man U Home & Away.. I remember that Adebayor wonder goal, yet Man U won the league that season!! What is the point investing everything a “clasico” and then failing to pick maximum points where “you should” (no team is to be disrespected).

    What cannot be denied is that we got a good team which can get even better cos we have been playing without key players and we are close to 50% of the season .As these players return to the first team, will we get weaker or stronger? Even Shearer knows the answer to that.


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