Arsenal are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League.
With 16 points from their opening seven games, and only one defeat since March in all competitions, Arsenal are strong contenders for the Premier League right?
Having acquired a certain German international, Arsenal are now realising the potential of their young side and will continue to storm the league and Europe.
It’s as if signing Ozil was the miraculous key that opened up all the magnificent potential Arsenal really had.
Of course Arsenal are a good side. A run like they are on doesn’t come from a poor side.
However, there are three, four - arguably five - sides better than them.
Yes Arsenal are top of the league, but they should be at this stage.
Given the fixtures Arsene Wenger’s men have had you would expect a side challenging for a top-four spot to have accrued 16 points.
Removing a victory against Spurs - a narrow 1-0 victory - Ozil and co. have yet to face a ‘big’ side.
Arsenal’s ‘good’ not ‘great’ start to the season has only been highlighted given their rivals slip-ups.
Wenger’s side are worryingly short up top, and an injury to Giroud would derail any hope of a title bid whatsoever.
A severe injury to Giroud and Arsenal can even forget about Champions League football next season.
To suggest Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United - let’s not forget the reigning champions - will all fail to amass more points than this inexperienced Arsenal side is madness.
Each of the aforementioned sides have negotiated more difficult games at this stage, too.
The signing of Ozil has been the proverbial sweeping of all of Arsenal’s problems under the carpet.
The Emirates side still have the same deficiencies which have seen them struggle to clinch fourth the last few seasons.
Ozil inevitably raises the quality of the side, and many point to a Robin van Persie effect, where the signing of one player can galvanise and essentially clinch you a title.
Yet United had finished second the season before - on goal difference nonetheless - not marginally scraped into fourth place.
And given the competition from Tottenham and Liverpool, Gooners should be thankful if they can achieve the same feat again this year.
Fourth-spot? It’s possible. But Arsenal will not win the Premier League.
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