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Arsenal to challenge for the Premier League this season?

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5.00pm on Saturday 17th August, Arsenal fans walked away from the Emirates stadium with even bigger doubts in their minds with regards to Arsene Wenger's future.

Up to that point, they'd failed to attract Luis Suarez or Gonzalo Higuain to the club and didn't look like they were going to get the high profile player to replace Robin van Persie.

The question amongst fans was not how high the London club would finish, but whether they would make it in to Europe the next season.

Come almost two months later and those questions have very much been answered.

A superb display four days later in a Champions League qualifier when they thumped Turkish side Fenerbahce 3-0, unbeaten in the next eleven games and winning nine of them has flipped football fans' opinion.

There is a new breathe of fresh air at Arsenal and for two reasons.

The first is the obvious - £42.5 million record signing Mesut Ozil.

The German is a true genius with the ball at his feet and has displayed how good he is with it on his Gunners debut, when exquisitely putting through Olivier Giroud at Sunderland.

Ozil is what Arsenal fans have been crying out for and is about time they replaced play makers like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Giroud seems to be on the same wavelength with Ozil and they could form a formidable partnership. To this, the former Real Madrid man's performance in the Champions League against Italian side Napoli is the reason Arsenal smashed their record transfer fee.

The other new signing that has showed immediate effect was former fan favourite Mathieu Flamini.

Last season, Arsenal's centre halves looked nervous. Wenger was openly critical of them and constantly was chopping and changing who he played in the centre of defence.

In Arsenal's last game against West Brom, centre halves Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker looked much more comfortable and decisive when making decisions. Flamini's protection is just what the back line at Arsenal need along with his ability to organise those in front and behind him.

You could expect Arsenal to fade in the next few months.

However, they have so many high class players to come back into the squad. Santi Cazorla is almost match fit.

Voted Arsenal's player of the year last season, he can join both Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, who has recently flourished in form in Arsenal's midfield, with Jack Wilshere sitting and playing the 'Gerrard' role both Arsenal and England fans want him to develop into.

They then have their bench to turn to if things are going wrong. Pacemen Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can come off the bench to inflict damage after sixty minutes when defenders are tired. If French striker Giroud is having a bad day at the office, Lukas Podolski can do just as good a job.

Arsenal currently sit joint top of the table with Liverpool. There are only signs pointing to this staying that way.

As their squad becomes full again and they gel as a side, Arsenal could be an unstoppable force. Their recent victory over Napoli was so impressive and if they can play like that every week, it's hard not to fancy them for Wenger to bring a long awaited trophy to the club.

The Premier League is so open this season - David Moyes is struggling to settle at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho has yet to find his best side at Chelsea. Liverpool are playing well, but their second half form is worrying and their bench if that of a mid-table side.

What has always let Arsenal down in recent years is their away form at the big clubs. However, if they carry on improving and put shifts in like the Napoli game, the Gunner's will be competitive.

Although they may not win the league, the FA Cup has to be an option. They have the quality to bring the trophy back to Arsenal for the first time since 2005 and at 9/1, the squad they have and the way they are playing, it is a fantastic price.

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