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Reasons why Arsenal are genuine title contenders

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After the 2-0 defeat of Liverpool, Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy on Match of the Day were questioned by Gary Lineker on whether or not the victors, Arsenal, were genuine title challengers yet.

The answer was prompt, and without much hesitation. For Shearer and Murphy, Arsenal were not viable title contenders - yet...

Speaking as a fan of football (but not Arsenal mind you, I support Barnet), I am jumping on the Arsenal bandwagon, which I believe could be headed for Premier League glory.

These are my reasons why:

1. The Manager

Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson last season. During the 17 years the Frenchman has been in north London, he will have gained invaluable experience which should serve his side well in their campaign this season, especially in comparison to his rivals; Jose Mourinho of Chelsea, has of course, known Premier League glory, but as of yet, does not match Wenger's years of experience.

Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City, whilst with impressive track records with Villarreal and Malaga, is in his first season in England - and in addition, he has never won any league in Europe thus far.

David Moyes of Manchester United is more accustomed to English football - but there are concerns the Scotsman is not best suited to the high pressure of expectation that surrounds the top job at Old Trafford. Moyes also has never lifted a top-flight division title (he won the Second Division in 2000 with Preston).

Furthermore, the three aforementioned managers were appointed just this summer; none have had anywhere near enough time to make their respective teams 'theirs'.

Remember this though: Wenger is the manager who has led Arsenal to 15 consecutive seasons in the Champions League and to Premier League glory on three separate occasions, one of them being the mighty Invincible season.

He has guided Arsenal with his vision and has had more time to do so than his counterparts; therefore, Wenger has a viable chance of lifting the title at the end of 2013/14.

2. The Players (and Mesut Ozil)

After years of buying young prospects then selling them to supposedly 'bigger' (richer) clubs, this summer that policy came to a halt.

Not only did Arsenal manage to keep all their best players and release the deadwood that held the club back, but they bought a truly world-class playmaker in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, delighting the fans.

The Germany international is easily one of the best players in the Premier League, and indeed the world. His influential position as a playmaker eases a little pressure on the Spanish magician Santi Cazorla, another truly brilliant player, and ensures Arsenal now have that special match-winner with which they can win honours. 

Add that to the tantalising form which Aaron Ramsey finds himself in (six goals thus far), shaking off the shackles of that tackle three years ago, then Arsenal have a quality side which all teams would fear facing.

Olivier Giroud has also emerged out of the shadows of Robin van Persie; whilst the Frenchman is yet to make as much of a goalscoring record as the Dutchman - now doing his trade at rivals Manchester United - Gunners fans will hope that Giroud will continue his fine form (five goals thus far) throughout the season.

The returns of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski should also better aid Arsenal's cause. However, it is testament to their depth in squad quality, which is a pivotal part of league success, that without them, the north Londoners have coped just fine; players such as Tomas Rosicky, and the young Serge Gnabry have stepped up to put in impressive performances.

The return of Mathieu Flamini, perhaps not as glamorous a signing as Mesut Ozil, also gives them some defensive midfield cover; a position where there is now plenty of hot competition.

In defence, Arsenal are perhaps at their weakest - whilst Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny make up a very capable defensive pairing, exemplified by their clean sheet against Liverpool's deadly duo of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, they do lack some quality in depth here.

Thomas Vermaelen has been plagued by injuries, but is the only viable defensive cover.

In terms of goalkeeping, Wojciech Szczesny is solid enough to defend his posts. However, the loan signing of Emiliano Viviano, an Italian international, should encourage much more competition than from Lukasz Fabianski, though himself not an entirely incapable goalkeeper. 

3. Big club mentality

Arsenal are of course a 'big club', having finished in the Premier League's top four for the last 15 seasons. But lately, they have struggled to really threaten the league leaders of late - now that they are the leaders, with clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, United and City desperate to catch them, they will now have the confidence going into games thinking they can beat any opposition they face.

Indeed, they have already beaten Spurs and Liverpool in the League, and sit five points clear of Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs.

The Gunners could finally be looking towards bringing glory to the Emirates.

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