How does the old saying go? I hate to say I told you so?
Well actually, I can’t wait to say I told you so.
At the beginning of the Premier League season, I wrote an article on why Arsenal would be champions of England this year, and although it’s still early on, they are looking really good heading into the full swing of the season.
Despite a few key injuries already to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, and Santi Cazorla, a certain Mesut Ozil has taken the reins with some help from an in-form Aaron Ramsey.
Not only is Arsenal succeeding domestically but they are also handling business on the European stage—handily defeating a very good Napoli side.
So far, Arsenal have made the most of every challenge faced and are only going to improve when the squad is fully healthy again. Another piece to this Arsenal rebirth for the upcoming future is the resurgence of Nicklas Bendtner.
He scored twice this past Friday against a very talented Italian defence, earning what proved to be a vital point in his country’s quest for World Cup qualification.
It seems ridiculous that he could come back into the Arsenal rotation considering all of his off-field antics, like the incident where he refused to leave a pizzeria in Denmark until they gave him free pizza, and terrible performances in years past, but this run of form could provide some much-needed depth in the striker position behind Olivier Giroud.
Speaking of the big French centre forward, he too has continued his fantastic preseason form fully into the season, also scoring twice for his nation on Friday.
He’s managed to stay healthy so far, and has been quietly putting up respectable numbers with six goals in the first 11 games across all competitions.
In recent years, Arsene Wenger has managed to keep his side qualifying for the Champions League season after season, with very few resources and a chronically depleted side.
So who’s to say with a roster full of quality and its balance between experience and youth, that Wenger can’t push his side over the top and reach its full potential?
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