It’s been ten years since that feat. That staggering achievement. That team that everyone described as ‘invincible’. That team that proved everyone right. Ten years since that title was last in the hands of Arsene Wenger.
Since then the club has been the epitome of inconsistency. Failing to reaching the top of the Premier League since 2010, the Gunners have agonised fans with delightful play that lacks cutting edge and more worryingly, defensive vulnerability. But this year. Well this year’s a little bit different isn’t it?
It’s very easy to start with Mesut Ozil. Taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, not only are pundits running out of superlatives to throw at the German superstar’s performances, he’s also raising the games of those around him too. A massive signal of intent from Wenger, the midfield are continuing to dominate teams and at last they have seemed to have found that illusive spark.
Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equals an incredible amount of strength in depth. Talent that will be needed to cover for crucial injuries that have hampered past campaigns.
But no great attack is built on a weak back-four (see previous nine seasons), and we seem to have finally hit on stability. Mertesacker has become a key figure in the Arsenal side alongside Laurent Koscielny (when he’s not been suspended). Sagna and Gibbs are proving to be quality full backs and are menacing on the counter. Finally a defence which is finally showing the sort of solidarity that Bould & co can be proud of.
Something which can’t be said for the top four sides around them. Defensive frailty has crippled Chelsea and both Manchester clubs so far this season and on top of that all three are in the all too familiar ‘transitional period’; new managers trying to dramatically restructure their play and implement their own ideals, which could take some considerable time.
This puts Wenger’s boys at one hell of an advantage. Already playing scintillating football, their developed style, togetherness and a genius that created 161 goals in only 159 games at Real Madrid, could give them just the platform they need to ensure the Emirates witnesses the parade of its first Premier League trophy.
Maybe you can start believing the hype, it seems as though some bookmakers have. The Arsenal are right up there to win the league without the two Manchester sides- 3-1 with Betway
It won’t be easy. It’s a long season. We’ve all been here before but maybe this time it’s for real. 11th time lucky. We’re Gunner win the league.