Despite their appalling start to the 2011-12 campaign, Arsenal fans remain largely optimistic about the club's chances of Barclays Premier League success this year according to an online poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

A disappointing opening day draw away at Newcastle was followed by a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool, before last weekend's humiliating 8-2 thrashing by reigning champions Manchester United.

But if there is one positive that can be taken from their Old Trafford humbling, it's that the manner of the Gunners' defeat finally highlighted to Arsene Wenger the gulf in class between United and his patched-up side, prompting an uncharacteristic foray into the transfer market.

The often frugal Frenchman strengthened his Emirates Stadium squad with no less than five deadline day signings, to appease the growing contingent of disgruntled fans who are getting ever-increasingly tired with the club's transfer policy.


 

The high profile departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were a bitter pill for Arsenal fans to swallow, but with new arrivals in the shape of Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young and Per Mertesacker - there now appears to be a renewed sense of hope for what possibly lies ahead.

In the midst of the club's poorest ever start to a domestic campaign, the Gunners did successfully come through a tricky UEFA Champions League qualifying clash with Udinese - to confirm their place in Europe's elite competition for the fourteenth consecutive year - an achievement that will have played a huge part in securing the calibre of player recruited at the end of the transfer window.


In hindsight of the business that has been conducted, 35 percent of Arsenal fans polled now believe the club will go on to win the title, with a majority share of 77 percent confident the players can banish their early-season woes and resurrect their campaign with a top-four finish.

Thirteen percent of fans feel that UEFA Europa League qualification is the best the Gunners can hope for this year, such is the strength of the division, while a further 10 percent believe that Arsenal could finish in seventh place or lower.

So, like any club, there remains a small contingent of pessimistic fans who are fearing the worst - but it is clear that an overwhelming majority of Arsenal's fans believe that the good times are just around the corner, as they continue to show faith in Wenger and his bid for future success.

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