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Arsenal: Can they mount a serious title challenge?

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The signing of Ozil shows Arsenal's intent (©GettyImages)
The signing of Ozil shows Arsenal's intent (©GettyImages).

When Arsenal were humiliated 3-1 at home by Aston Villa, many fans were calling for long serving manager Arsene Wenger to go.

However, fast forward to October and the Gunners sit top of the league after eight matches, with some fans daring to dream of a first Premier League title since the memorable Invincibles season of 2003-2004, and a first trophy for eight years.

But is this optimism a bit premature?

Arsenal's fine start to the season can't be questioned, 19 points from eight games is a very impressive return at this stage. Also, the deadline signing of influential playmaker Mesut Ozil sent a huge message to the rest of the league, which proved that Arsenal are finally willing to spend big and challenge for major honours.

However the contribution of Aaron Ramsey has been equally impressive. With five league goals this season, Ramsey has had an impact similar to a new signing, after coming back from a horrendous leg break at Stoke he sustained 2010.

Arsenal as an attacking force this term have been truly irresistible, with midfielder Jack Wilshere scoring one of the goals of the season so far, finishing off a beautiful one touch passing move against Norwich.

However, defensively Arsenal can be suspect at the back, and can be susceptible to the counter attack, as Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund showed by punishing the Gunners late on to win on Tuesday.

And arguably, Arsenal's run of games so far this season have been favourable, with a home game against Spurs being the most challenging test so far. Arsenal's home match against Liverpool on November 2 will be key, as it will show whether Arsenal have title credentials.

Winning 'ugly' is a term associated to many title winning teams, because of the way they grind out results, even if they aren't playing well.

The 2-1 home defeat to Dortmund in the Champions League also shows that Arsenal can lack consistency, especially at the back, which was reinforced in the game against the Germans.

Without playing any of the top teams apart from Spurs, Arsenal have yet to be properly tested. The weeks ahead will be pivotal in deciding whether Arsenal have these title credentials.

Although Arsenal have quality in their squad, thinking winning the league this season may be slightly premature, however, fans have much to look forward to in the next few seasons if they continue to perform consistently.

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