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Arsenal: Can they do a Premier League & European double?

Can Wenger end the trophy drought? (©GettyImages)
Can Wenger end the trophy drought? (©GettyImages).

Arsenal have had an impressive start to the season, but is a potential double on?

The Gunners are in a tough group in the Champions League but will still expect to qualify for the knockout stages. Their start to the campaign was marred by a 2-1 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night. They are, however, still in a decent position to get through.

There are better teams than The Gunners in the competition and, although not impossible, it would be a massive achievement if they were to even get close to the final. They showed that on their night they can get it done, beating eventual winners Bayern away last year, but still going out.

Mesut Ozil has brought some Champions League experience to a fairly youthful squad, and will need to pass it on wisely to his team-mates. The squad looks like it may not be strong enough to compete with the likes of Bayern or Barcelona when it gets to the business end of the tournament.

If injuries hit stars like Ozil and Jack Wilshere then the vulnerability of the squad’s depth may be exposed. For them to go all the way would be a minor miracle.

This is a similar situation to the Premier League. The season is over 38 games and although Arsenal sit top, there will be times when their squad is tested with fatigue and injury.

It's then when their resolve will come into play. Will an injury-hit team be up for a Monday night game away at Hull in minus temperatures?

It is more likely that Premier League success will come to the Emirates, as there is less quality opposition to contend with than in Europe. Yes, it is a marathon, but Arsenal are looking good at the moment, and need to keep their run going.

So, can they do the double? Long answer is they have a tiny chance. It may have served them well recently, but the defence is lacking and can be exposed.

This was proven at home to Aston Villa on the opening day. With a quality defender added in January, Wenger may be able to challenge for the Premier League. However, there are too many teams just better than Arsenal for them to lift the Champions League trophy.

The short answer, realistically, is no.

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