Arsenal's effulgent start to the season has seen them top the Barclays Premier League table with a two point gap. The Gunners' latest German summer acquisition has lifted the spirits of the players and contributed enormously to the club so far.
Improvement of certain key players in the squad hasn’t gone unnoticed, and one can’t deny keeping them fit and the imminent return of some important players from injuries definitely positions the club as title contenders.
But Alan Hansen, in a piece for the Independent, doesn’t see things that way. He notes that Arsenal's summer signing Mesut Ozil can’t fire the team to glory, as they are still some large holes to repair in the team.
Games like Norwich at the Emirates and West Brom as the Hawthorns exposed the Gunners' fragility. The pundit explains that Arsenal lose the ball easily, and rarely fight to win the ball back.
He also raises question marks about the Gunners' defence and goalkeeper. Albeit, he says prodigal returnee Mathieu Flamini has done a ‘tremendous job’ since coming back, but would not be so ‘crucial’ when it matters.
The Liverpool legend knows when the gloomy times arrive; Arsenal would crumble and settle for fourth spot. He believes this season’s Premier League title is a two-horse race between big money spenders Manchester City and Chelsea.
He rounds up by rubbishing claims that Manchester United won’t make top four. He insists the Red Devils know how to win games and would come back stronger soon.
Hansen ostensibly sees Chelsea winning the league, Manchester City settling for second position, Manchester United third and Arsenal or Liverpool fourth
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