Since Arsenal managed to sign Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini, many people have started wondering could Arsenal win the Premier League?
Last year this would have been laughed at. They had lost Robin van Persie, arguably one of their best strikers of all time, and had replaced him with the big Frenchman Olivier Giroud. Not exactly like-for-like.
As expected Arsenal didn't get the title, and narrowly avoided ending up in the Europa League. However these new signings, and the continued run of form from last season, has made many an Arsenal fan optimistic that this, for the eighth year waiting, could be their time to shine.
Firstly the midfield is strong and experienced. Arsenal re-signed Flamini on a free transfer from AC Milan and already he has proven that he still has the quality that he left Arsenal with.
Adding to this is the, although less experienced similar in quality, powerful Jack Wilshire. One of Arsenal's most popular players, and the only true "Gooner", he has the ability to run at players with the ball stuck to his feet, and then manage to, almost effortlessly, get passed them.
He is a fine addition to the team, and if he can stay fit, he will surely be a huge asset to Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey. Were to begin with Aaron? Early last year he was a shy and weak player. He is now a strong and intelligent individual who can see a players run and perfectly weigh a ball so it arrives at the players foot, and this should help Arsenal create chances. Talking about making chances, I think it's time Arsenal's assist ace, Mesut Ozil, gets a mention.
He had the most Champions League assists last year (even more than Messi and Xavi), and it goes without saying, he is pure class. Like Wilshire, the ball sticks to his feet, and he is then to seek out a player and create chance after chance.
Next, Giroud is scoring goals. Now he is never going to win the Ballon D'or - he is a big and bumbling striker compared to the slight and agile Cristiano Ronaldo, however this season he appears to be in fine form. He has already scored an expected amount of goals for a team in the Champions League, and has started helping out defensively. To add to this, he has now scored outside of London.
Another key point is that Koscielny is one of the best centre-backs in the league. Three years ago, in the then Carling Cup, he had a match he will hope is never repeated. With minutes to go Arsenal were drawing 1-1 with Birmingham in the final, when Koscielny miss kicked a ball which Szcezeny had covered, and a Birmingham striker slotted in the rebound, ensuring Arsenal would have to wait longer to end their trophy draught.
Koscielny has now proven he is a fast and, although he tackles can be a bit reckless, strong centre back, capable of blocking and stopping players. He is also a fantastic header of the ball, and although he has scored against Arsenal of a number of occasions, he has scored the winning goals in Arsenal's last to end of season matches, which have taken them into top four.
When these aspects are combined, it shows that Arsenal could be a genuine threat to win the league, but only if they keep up the momentum.
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