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Arsenal win over Manchester City could completely change season

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The Gunners have had another disappointing season so far but that could be about to change. They have suffered many poor losses throughout the season meaning they are now sitting in fifth position, which would be below their expectations. However the victory against Manchester City at the weekend could inspire a turn-around in fortunes for the rest of their campaign. 

One of the reasons that Arsenal have been held back so much this year has been due to injuries. Key players such as Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud, Koscielny, Walcott and Wilshere have all suffered long term injuries this season, which has placed more pressure on less regular first team players to perform. 

Frustration

A lot of the frustration vented by the Arsenal supporters has been directed towards Arsene Wenger for his team selection and play style. However he has never really had a fully fit squad to work with at all this season. 

They have relied heavily on new summer signing, Alexis Sanchez, who has undoubtedly been their best player so far with 12 goals and 7 assists. However with Ramsey, Walcott and Giroud all recently returning to the side as well as Ozil, who is due back soon, they could help spur their team back into the title race.

Fit

Arsenal currently sit 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea but they have shown before that when fully fit, they can be a team who are very hard to stop. Furthermore Chelsea appear to be a lot more vulnerable than what they were at the start of the season. 

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The game against Manchester City on the weekend looked like Arsenal were back to their early season form of the 2013/14 campaign when Ozil, Ramsey and Giroud were scoring for fun and Arsenal were sitting on top of the table. Inexperienced players Coquelin and Bellerin looked very solid and composed for players who have had little first team action.

Standouts

The defence looked solid, Ramsey showed signs that he was getting back to his best, Cazorla was outstanding, Sanchez didn't hugely influence the game yet they still won and most importantly there appeared to be no passengers in a very good all-round team performance.

The win over the Citizens could be just the inspiration that Arsene Wenger's men need to get back to playing the football they have in the past.

Top Four

Finishing in the top four will obviously be their first priority but once this goal is looking likely their next goal will be to fight their way back into contention for the title.

With injured players returning, they certainly have the firepower to get as many points as both Chelsea and Manchester City for the rest of the season but the question will be have they left their run too late or will they be able to get to top spot before the season finishes?

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