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Arsenal are favourites for the title heading into the New Year

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If handing out the Premier League title was done by voting, many would fancy Arsenal.

Despite having a bad start to the season, the Gunners are sitting top at the league summit coming into the NewYear.

On match day one they were drubbed by a fighting Aston Villa side and eventually conceded three goals at the emirates.

But from then on, they have produced admirable results and it's no wonder they are top.

For me, the mental strength to win isn't always present for them on big occasions, but it isn’t worrying if you can get points out of smaller teams.

The tie at Old Trafford was a fixture the Gunners could have won if they wanted- it was there for the taking- as United were in a transition period and hadn’t gotten their rhythm coming into the game.

A weak and slow display by the boys from the Emirates saw Manchester United stumble on that advantage and protect their lone-goal lead courtesy of Robin van Persie. Many, including Wenger himself, put Arsenal’s loss down to an apparent virus that swept the camp, but realistically Arsenal didn’t have the belief to win at Old Trafford.

On the other side of Manchester, the Etihad to be precise, Wenger's men further illustrated their lacklustre performances during big games. They lost heavily both mentally and physically to a hungry City side.

But despite the recurring negative traits Arsenal have displayed resilience to win many times this season, even when they are second-best.

An excellent display against Liverpool demonstrated a side that is capable of challenging big teams. Santi Cazorla, who opened his goal account against Liverpool in his maiden season, was particularly important in the fixture.

The diminutive Spaniard, who is rarely a set-piece threat, had his headed effort hit the woodwork after receiving a well measured cross by Bacary Sagna, but the follow up was simply stunning;  a well directed volley that left Mignolet for dead.

Depth has been a worrying issue for Arsenal in their trophy drought run; this season however is writing its own scripts. After Carlton Cole scored probably one of the simplest goals of his career for West Ham, and Ramsey picking up a thigh injury, Podolski came on for the gunners and produced a match-winning display that saw him score and create a goal.

Ozil who has been highly influential for the Gunners, physically and mentally, played no part in the hard-fought victory at Newcastle. In truth one can’t deny the formidable makeshift combination of Cazorla, Wilshere and Rosicky.

It's now left for Wenger to decide on bringing in a world-class striker in January. With Bendtner almost certain to exit the club in the New Year transfer; the Gunners would have no recognised striker aside Giroud.

A five-man buy list has been compiled according to reports, and should they manage to steal one of them it would not only improve the side in the long run, but also send out a strong message to their title rivals.

 

 

 

 

 

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