It goes without question that no one wields the absolute right to win every scuffle they are involved in.
With hard work, dedication and due consideration of all the necessary facets required in any battle one is deemed to be a presumed outright winner. As applicable as it may seem in other disciplines one should always reckon that in football, luck and consistency are prerequisites of a successful campaign. This being earmarked as the breakthrough season in terms of the seasoning of talent, prudence in expenditure and modesty in recruitment of finished items into Arsene Wenger's squad, it is far from being a disappointment.
Early in the summer so many names like Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez among others were linked with possible moves to Arsenal, but surprisingly Mesut Ozil and Matthieu Flamini were the only recruitments. After a prolonged transfer saga Higuain joined Napoli while Carlo Ancelotti decided to retain di Maria and Benzema.
David Moyes was reluctant to release Wayne Rooney while Brendan Rodgers stayed grounded to his only proven instrument Suarez in spite of Arsenal's relentless attempts to lure him to north London.The unprecedented arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a record fee of £42million and free agent Matthieu Flamini poured cold water on the Arsenal transfer policy critics' allegations in regard to the the potency of the outfit's financial muscle their general persuasive power.
Not only did the transaction cool down the anxiety amongst the Arsenal followers but also speckled profound optimism and renewed solidarity within the Emirates empire. Keeping in mind his previous performances for the German national team, Werder Bremen and Real Madrid, everybody tipped him for greater things. The long and tedious paths to prosperity were now within reach.
Every authentic Gunner craved for the former Galactico's debut in a red jersey. The trip to Sunderland presented the prefect platform for him to showcase his endowments and he did not disappoint. He served the traveling fans with a man of the match display occasioned by a captivating assist.
His arrival extrapolated heights for this season's ambitions. Subsequently Wenger's boys mounted a serious title challenge having led all through the first phase of the Premier League. Compounded with Aaron Ramsey's renewed exploits and rejuvenated work rate and attacking instinct, the perfection of Per Mertesacker Laurent Koscielny partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defense and Olivier Giroud rediscovering his killer final touch the Gunners were most definitely a team to watch.
Remarkable victories over last season's Champions League runners up Borussia Dortmund, an inspired Liverpool and a realigned Tottenham Hotspurs side underlined their mettle in posing a sustained title challenge. However the post-boxing day run of results have not been impressive as anticipated.
Coupled with a string of injuries that trophy drought hex is slowly finding its way back into the gunners camp. Recent high profile defeats to Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Chelsea threw a spanner into Le Prof's initially promising ensemble.They find themselves at fourth position but fortunately they have date against Wigan Athletic at Wembley come mid-April.
Pelted with a full-scale pressure to deliver any tangible silverware this season Wenger faces a momentous task. But relax - there is always life after a bitter dawn. The FA is the only remaining realistic target for Arsenal so far this season since they are two matches away from replicating their 2005 FA winning predecessors.
If they give the two matches the respect and effort they deserve then the empire will roar to life come May.
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