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Arsenal can challenge on all fronts this season

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First day of the season - Arsenal lose to Aston Villa 3-1 at home.

One angry fan calls for Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis to hand in their resignations, claiming the pride had been taken out of the club.

Fast forward seven weeks and everything looks a lot more rosy.

Since that shock loss, Arsenal have won every game across three competitions and look like genuine challengers for silverware for the first time in years.

The signing of Mesut Ozil shows that world-class stars are still drawn to the Emirates despite a dusty trophy cabinet. And the German international is already proving to be a fantastic purchase, helping Arsenal on their way to eight straight wins.

But lest we forget, these wins have been achieved with a squad so small that Wenger struggles to fill the subs bench on a Saturday afternoon.

As an example: Serge Gnabry - a youth team player - has been promoted to the starting XI as a succession of injuries has left the squad at breaking point.

But no, nothing has gone wrong. In fact things have only got better for the Gunners. Despite missing their captain, vice-captain, last season's player of the year and last season's top goal scorer, Arsenal have gone from strength-to-strength.

They sit on top of the Premier League table, their Champions League table and are in to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup.

With a number of stars nearing a return to fitness, Arsenal will only get stronger and, if they can keep them fit, may have the resources to challenge for every competition this season.

Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta are nearing full-fitness having both completed 90mins+ against West Brom.

Their experience will bring stability to a fragile defence. With the offence banging in the goals for fun, the return of the pair strengthens the only position Arsenal have looked vulnerable in.

Not only that, but Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky are all expected back after the international break with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning soon after.

These players give Wenger strength in depth as well as added quality on the pitch.  

Arsenal have been good so far, winning in style as well as gritting out results when the chips are down. But having done all this with at least two crucial injuries at any one point, being top of the table is nothing short of miraculous.

Now their squad is nearing full strength, it is likely that they will only improve.

An quadruple in unlikely - even a treble is unthinkable - but having said that, Arsenal have a squad capable of challenging the best. So if they can keep their best players fit, they can challenge for every trophy they're competing in this season.

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