Arsenal have had a highly impressive season so far as they sit top of the pile in the Premier league, but what is this down to?
The Gunners, to many, have over-achieved so far in this campaign as many wouldn't have thought they would be top of the Premier league in January and holding off the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
But to others Arsenal seem to finally be living up to their expectation after so many years of just scraping into Champions League football.
Arsenal have been on excellent form throughout the season only losing three times, with their last loss being at the Etihad against a rampant Manchester City in December.
There are many reasons why Arsenal have been so successful this season. Firstly the signing of German international Mesut Ozil. The former Real Madrid man cost the Gunners £42.4 million but has rejuvenated the side since his arrival. Arsenal seem to have gone up an extra gear since he joined and he has been a real boost. He may not have re-payed the money in goals, only scoring four so far this season, but his ability to pick a pass and overall build up play is excellent.
Secondly Ozil's arrival has made other players step up to their potential. The best example being Aaron Ramsey. The young Welshman has scored eight times this season and has picked up six assists. Ramsey's new found form has meant Arsenal have collected a lot more points this season as he has been unplayable.
When Arsenal signed Mathieu Flamini back from AC Milan a lot of fans couldn't understand why but without him protecting the back four Arsenal wouldn't be in the position they are in now. He does all the hard work for the team, winning tackles in key areas and then letting the other more creative members of the squad to over. Flamini is extremely underrated.
The final reason for Arsenal's success is the change of managers from all of their title rivals. Manchester United have had a major slump in form recently under David Moyes and do not seem to be the force they were last year under Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester City have it all sorted out at home but poor away performances have cost them too many points this season. Chelsea under Jose Mourinho are on track now to push the Gunners and City to the end but they have struggled to get their strikers scoring so far this campaign.
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