The signing of former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has propelled Arsenal to another level in terms of realistic expectations.
The last few years have seen several challenges by Arsene Wenger's team at the Premier League title fail at the final stage.
The simple fact is that except from the 2008/2009 season when they faced a very strong Manchester United side, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, they have failed to present a team worthy of being referred to as real title challengers.
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That year Arsenal boasted the likes of Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie in the team. If Arsene Wenger had been able to keep that team together, plus a couple of smart additions, they could have dominated English football.
However a top four place has been the most attainable achievement they could attain bar recent FA cup successes.
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Now, with the signing of the Czech goalkeeper, Arsenal finally posses a strong enough first team to pose a genuine title challenge. Popular opinion has always been that Arsenal were a top goalkeeper, defensive midfielder and striker away from a real title challenge.
With a spine of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin, Santi Carzola, and Oliver Giroud they have one of the strongest spine's in the Premier League.
Usually the difference between title winners and the runners-up has always been the ability to consistently grind out results in difficult places and go on winning runs throughout the season.
With the signing of Cech, the team finally has a vocal and excellent goalkeeper which should in turn ensure the team’s defence suffer less lapses as he organizes the defence very well. Also expect the defenders to be more confident in front of Cech and an excellent defence usually leads to a title winning team.
The emergence of Francis Coquelin last season solved one of the main issues holding the team back; an efficient defensive midfielder.
If the Frenchman can keep up his form from last season and either of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Carzorla can consistently play to the best of their abilities then they are an upgrade on Oliver Giroud away from having a dream team.
A striker who can guarantee 30 goals per season will ensure that they can go full throttle next season.
Towards the end of last season, the team displayed an ability to mix playing beautifully with playing strategically. This led to better results against the top four teams than in the previous seasons.
There are signs that with smart additions, pragmatic game strategy, a winning mentality and better luck on the injury front the club are the most likely to take Chelsea’s crown come next May.
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