Who would have guessed that six matches into the Premier League season we would have a tasty five game winning streak under our belt and a two point lead in the title race?
Sure it is early days, with close to one sixth of the season behind us, but can we be classified as title contenders? Many wrote the Gunners off at the start of the season, especially after the opening day loss to Aston Villa. But since then fixture list has since been kind to us and the Gunners have demonstrated a new kind of mentality that has been missing for some years. They managed to re-find the consistency that earned them a stellar run-in last season, and for that reason alone I feel that we will certainly fight till the very last weekend for the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger’s side have not only exercised the ability to grind out the results during difficult matches but they are also scoring vintage Arsenal goals as demonstrated on Saturday. Defensively they have improved tremendously and a vital part of that is Mathieu Flamini’s return to the midfield. He was outstanding again in Wales, barking orders backed up with sublimely timed tackles. He provides a strong shield for the defence and will continue to be an integral cog in one shape or another despite Arteta returning to fitness.
Arsenal are on fire, there is no doubting that. Ramsey continues to impress while Özil is imbedding himself into the squad and will only get stronger as the season unfolds. Even Wilshere is playing out of position and is continuing to impose himself in games. There is real strength in midfield that will continue to make up for the lack of depth in other areas of the squad.
Sure Arsenal are lacking numbers with injuries decimating the wings, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel with Rosicky due back in training this week, while Cazorla is close to returning to action over the next fortnight and Walcott not too far behind once the international break is over. The Gunners may not have the depth to go all the way in the Cup competitions, but if they can continue to battle as they have demonstrated recently they can go all the way in the League.
One positive over the lack of depth is the benefit of having a smaller, tighter squad. Wenger knows the strengths of every single one of his players, they all know each other well and collectively as a unit this squad they will continue to flourish as the season progresses. Last year’s top three sides all have new managers and have struggled to find consistency in their team selections and performances. This our best shot in a long time to end our silverware drought.
If the Gunners can continue to exercise their incredible consistency on the road then it will not be long before the Emirates is the fortress that it should be.
What are your thoughts Gooners? Do you think Arsenal have a genuine shot at winning the League this season? Comment with your thoughts below..