After Alan Hansen said in no uncertain terms that Arsenal wouldn't be able to win the Premier League title this year, there's a few points I'd like to counter him with.
Arsenal currently sit two points clear at the top of the table and have put in many performances which suggest that they can challenge for honours this year. However with a very tough run of fixtures coming up over the next few months we will all have a much clearer picture as to whether they can win something when we move into 2014.
There are just as many reasons why Arsenal can win the title as there are reasons they can't. With that in mind we explore the qualities that suggest the Gunners could be sitting pretty at the Premier League summit come the end of the current campaign.
Four days after losing 3-1 to Aston Villa Arsenal travelled to Turkey and beat Fenerbahce 3-0. Three days after that cruised to a 3-1 victory vs Fulham.
They have battled through the lows so far and have just carried on going without complaining. After that infamous loss to Aston Villa Wenger could have thrown the toys out of the pram over Anthony Taylor's refereeing performance but he simply apologised to the fans and went about beating Tottenham 1-0 and making two fantastic signings in Flamini and Ozil.
Their character suggests that later on in the season when Arsenal fall behind, you can bank on them not to roll over and die.
Gibbs and Sagna, Mertesacker and Koscielny, Ramsey and Flamini; the list goes on. That's without taking into account the other midfield combinations. Flamini and the defence, Ozil and Cazorla or Ozil and Giroud.
Arsenal have multiple duos and trios across the pitch (as well as a back four which is gelling brilliantly) which helps the teams chemistry as well as creating a healthy blend of talent.
Arsenal are by no means a one man team, but every great football side needs it's very own genius.
I firmly believe that the team which beat Tottenham 1-0 was already good enough to guarantee Champions' League football for yet another season but the addition of one of the world's greatest creative midfielders will surely mean that this team is now good enough to compete amongst England, and even Europe's, elite.
The other two summer signings
Mathieu Flamini has been fantastic for Arsenal so far this season, barking orders at defenders, stopping attackers scoring and generally being dominant in the middle of the park. He has really added some bite into the Arsenal midfield and though his injury is poorly timed, it is now up to Arteta to prove himself in that deeper role.
Emiliano Viviano, although he hasn't actually played in the league yet, has proved to be an important signing simply because of the effect it's had on Wojciech Szczesny. The signing of any 'keeper meant that Szczesny received a much needed kick up the backside which has spurred him on to some fantastic performances.
Room for improvement
This Arsenal team have already proved that they are genuine title contenders this season and they have done this without ever really hitting top gear. If over the course of this very difficult run of fixtures Arsenal can put in a few performances where they play to the best of their ability then they will be able to beat their rivals.
Another area which can improve is the injury list. Arsenal still have Walcott, Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain amongst others to return and if at some point in the season Arsenal have a clean bill of health they'll be able to put a terrifying run of results together.
The January transfer window
With the money Arsenal now have they have a real opportunity to sign some world-class players in the next transfer window. Furthermore, Arsenal can also sign some fringe players to add to the depth of the squad. If that does happen then Arsenal will be able to fight through injury problems and grind out results unfazed.
Grinding out results
Arsenal, despite not picking up many clean sheets, have shown an ability to grind out results when things have become difficult. The best example is the Tottenham game, where instead of trying to build on their first half dominance Arsenal just sat back and soaked up the pressure for forty-five minutes.
Flamini made all the difference for me. He stopped Tottenham from being able to get into the box and that meant that Spurs had to resort to playing long balls into the box; meat and drink for Mertesacker and Koscielny. Whenever Arsenal have won titles there have been a fair few 1-0 victories along the way and so a few more of those would not go amiss.
Form and Class
Form is temporary; class is permanent. Arsenal have been able to combine the two so far and if they can keep this run of form going, and rely on their class to win matches when it stops, they could be close to unbeatable at times.
Various players have been on red-hot form and if those players continue to play in the same vein whilst figures such as Jack Wilshere re-kindle their form of previous years then who knows how far Arsenal can go.
Arsenal have shown on multiple occasions different reasons why they can win the title. If they just keep doing what they are doing now then there really could be an open-top bus parade in May of 2014.
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