Arsenal may have strengthened in an attacking sense with the summer capture of Mesut Özil, however their frailties at the back will soon start to appear.
There is no doubt that the Gunners have spoilt the Premier League with their slick passing over the last decade, but unfortunately in recent times they have been less renowned for their defensive abilities.
It’s no coincidence that the club hasn’t won a trophy since Patrick Vieira departed in 2005. He was the backbone of Arsenal Football Club and they’ve struggled to replace him in the eight years that have passed from when he left.
The following year they lost Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole from their back line, two of ‘The Invincibles’ that famously helped the club go 49 league games unbeaten until it came to an end in 2004.
Ever since those players moved on, Arsene Wenger has brought in a number of replacements that have never quite been able to eclipse or even match the contribution made by the previous unit of defenders.
The north London outfit have made a positive start to this season, currently sitting at the peak of the Premier League table and going well in their Champions League group.
Once again, the fans of the club are confident that a successful season is in progress, but it is inevitable that sooner or later, the cracks will start to appear in the Gunners’ title challenge.
Arsenal’s disappointing performance in the Capital One Cup last night highlighted the lack of strength in-depth across the squad, in contrast to their title rivals Chelsea, who fielded a weakened team and comfortably rolled over their opponents at the Emirates Stadium.
As the games pile up and the busy Christmas period approaches, the pressure on Wenger’s side is bound to increase and questions will be asked of the Gunners’ squad.
In recent years, the London club have slipped up in games they cannot afford to, with Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City winning games on their trips to the Emirates last season.
But with the rest of the Premier League looking up at the Gunners, they find themselves in the driving seat after nine games and under pressure to perform in front of their fans.
Unfortunately, the season doesn’t end in October and there’s plenty of time for the predictable derailing of Arsenal’s title chasing season.
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