Arsenal enter 2016 top of the Premier League and are one of the hot favourites to win the title according to oddschecker, who suggest that the battle will be between the Gunners and Manchester City as to who will finish the season top dog.
We very recent saw both the best and worst of what Arsenal has to offer within the space of a couple of days when they beat Manchester City emphatically 2-1 before losing 4-0 away to Southampton.
With that frailty in mind we have comprised a list of five things Arsenal must do if they are to win their fourth Premier League title.
1. Recover their crocked stars
They have to get long-term injured Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere back to full-fitness in order to take some of the burden away from the rest of the team. Forcing a player to compete match after match is a recipe for burnout, or even worse can lead to an injury that may have deeper repercussions.
2. Utilize the January Transfer Window
Arsene Wenger must resist the temptation not to sit back and refuse to sign any players in January just because he does not think he can find value during the midseason window. So far all seems well with the Frenchman saying he expects to be busy (via The Times), and with the proposed imminent arrival of Basel holding midfielder Mohamed Elneny, all he needs to do now is land a striker to cover for Giroud.
3. Utilise the players more intelligently
Aaron Ramsey looks brilliant going forward, but not so great when tracking back at times. Wenger needs to let the Welshman remain playing centrally, but further forward once he either has Coquelin back fit or a replacement for the Frenchman in place.
4. Self belief
The team needs to believe that they are actually good enough to be crowned Champions. Having not won the league since 2004, they must get players like Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and La Liga title winners Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to convince the rest of the squad that they have what it takes to win the league.
5. Keep Ozil flowing
Do whatever it takes to keep Ozil not only happy, but injury free as well. So far this season the little German is playing the best football of his life scoring three goals along with 16 assists in 19 games. With Ozil playing his preferred No.10 role, Arsenal are always looking dangerous with his influence irreplaceable.
Arsenal’s next match is against Newcastle United at the Emirates on January 2nd with the Gunners keen to start the New Year with a win as they push on with their Premier League title challenge.
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