Arsenal trophy drought could continue beyond this season

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Everyone is well aware that Arsenal have not lifted a trophy since they won the 2005 FA Cup.

Whilst fans and pundits have grown increasingly concerned at the absence of trophies, Arsene Wenger has continued to try and get the best from the players that he has. 

Indeed, this season, the Gunners have finally emerged as genuine title contenders in one of the most competitive Premier League seasons in recent times.

Just seven points separate the league’s top six teams, and it therefore seems clear that tiny margins will be involved come the end of the season.

With a burgeoning midfield that includes the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and the newly signed Mesut Ozil, Arsenal are expressing themselves with slick, passing football.

After so many years of disappointment, there is finally genuine optimism amongst Gunners fans. 

However, a proper analysis of the competitions that they are still involved in indicates that they will find it difficult to win even one trophy.

Firstly, they do not have a strike force that is comparable to any of their title contenders, with particular emphasis on Manchester City, who have scored a record 54 Premier League goals.
They boast Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic and are so far unbeaten at home.

Many pundits cannot see how anyone else can win the title when the season draws to a close.

Liverpool also boast the duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and the former has scored 19 goals in 12 league games. 

Even the beleaguered Manchester United can field a duo of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

The point is, Arsenal do not have the strength-in-depth to win the Premier League this season; this is evidenced by their 6-3 loss to Manchester City. 

On the Champions League front, Wenger’s side did themselves no favours by failing to top their group; they now face a last 16 tie against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.

What with Bayern’s league exploits this season, most would expect Guardiola’s side to triumph against Arsenal over the two legs. The German champions have won 14, drawn two and lost none.

Finally, Arsenal will soon be facing an FA Cup tie against Tottenham on January 4th, just three days after a Premier League fixture against Cardiff on New Year’s Day.

Whilst they are capable of beating Spurs, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all still remain in the competition and there is pressure on all the respective managers to win a trophy.

It is clear that Arsenal will need to be at their absolute best to win any of the three competitions that they are still involved in.

They will also need to coax more goals out of the out-of-form Olivier Giroud, as well as getting Mesut Ozil to perform to his best.

Additionally, due to their lack of depth in defence and attack, they will need some luck to avoid any long-term injuries.

Overall, an end to a trophy drought that has gone on for nearly a decade is much desired; but it is far from guaranteed.

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