Arsenal: Could 2013/14 be their year?

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Arsenal, once considered title contenders, have started to settle for Champions League football in the past few seasons. 

The level of expectations of the fans does not match Wenger's expectations of his squad and that has formed a discord between fans and manager in recent years. 

The phrase 'Wenger out' was used many times in the past two seasons but as things stand, Arsenal could go on and do the unthinkable and win the league. 

The top three sides in the 2012/13 season all changed managers. 

These changes may not necessarily be negative, but it'll be hard for all three new managers to perform instantly. 

Wenger knows the league inside-out and more than any other manager currently plying their trade in the Premier League. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have had a small crop of players who have played together for many seasons and Wenger knows their strengths and weaknesses more than any other manager while the other 3 managers don't really know Arsenal's exact weaknesses. 

That could work to their advantage. 

Also, Arsenal have a strong British contingent who have committed their futures to the club. 

All these British stars are maturing and we could see Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott light up the Premier League next season. 

Santi Cazorla is also in his prime and so is Mikel Arteta so next season is Arsenals best bet for winning the title in recent memory. 

Wenger is also reported to have a good sum of money to spend. If he decides to spend on a world class striker then they will have a strong finisher to complete their passing moves. 

Gonzalo Higuain's proposed move to Arsenal has stalled, but if he joins Arsenal will have one of the most complete first teams in the EPL. 

Midway through last season Arsenal found a stable defensive partnership in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, which was crucial in helping them secure fourth spot. 

If Arsenal could have a constant back-four for the whole of next season then the co-ordination of the defence will increase and gradually they will start to concede much fewer goals.

All the new managers, on the other hand, will use this season to find their best partnership in defence, midfield and attack while Wenger has already found his. This gives him a slight head-start over his rivals. 

All Arsenal need now is luck, which has eluded them for years. A little luck, a few less injuries and better decision making near the box will make Arsenal a force to reckon with next season - especially if Wenger goes on a spending spree.

While all the big clubs are undergoing constant change, now is Arsenal's chance to capitalise. 


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