The Gunners lost their season opener against Aston Villa but have since recovered and are now at the summit of the Premier League after 4 wins on the trot.
Wenger feels that a number of teams can compete for the championship and has been pleasantly surprised by his squad’s meteoric rise since they lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I didn’t expect that to happen [be at the top of the table] as quickly as that.
I thought of course the season is long but as you have seen everybody at some stage or another has had a bad result and that allowed us to bounce back. But as well the group has shown mentally a positive response, what I didn’t worry about. But I thought some teams could have a perfect start.
If you have a choice, that’s where you want to be [at the top]. It’s a very early stage but there’s a compact group of teams. We are there and we want of course to stay there.
[I believe] five, six [teams can challenge for the title]. The top four of last year, Liverpool, Tottenham, all these teams, yes.
I think it’s very compact and after five games played it’s very, very early. But it looks at the moment, if you look at the quality of the games, the whole season looks to be very promising.
After losing to Villa in the season opener it seemed that this will be season where Arsenal might well miss out on Champions League qualification. But Arsenal has maintained a 100% record after that loss and have been unbeaten in the past 7 matches in all competitions.
Arsenal does have the potential to win the League but they are still lacking a few elements which are usually needed to go all the way. First and foremost being the lack of quality depth in the squad which might well haunt us with fixtures coming thick and fast. There is no denying the fact that the Arsenal first team has enough talent to win the League but we cannot expect them to play all matches and this is where the quality in depth is required.
But if Arsenal can maintain this momentum and manage to avoid injuries until January and recruit one or two quality players in the required positions then we can truly expect the Gunners to end their trophy drought.
We need another top class centre forward unless Bendtner can prove himself, as well as another centre back to enable full rotation as we saw was not possible in midweek. But as we all know Wenger is not the biggest fan at investing in January.
What do you think Gooners?