The new season is set to go underway soon and with it comes the speculation as to who will be crowned the Premier League champions.
The defending champions Chelsea face a daunting task of keeping the title from both Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.
From an overview of the type of players available and squad depth, it seems that Arsenal hold a bit of advantage over their rivals. Although the Manchester clubs are on a spending spree and Chelsea remaining unaltered from the previous season, this Arsenal side can bring the trophy back to the Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal last won the league title in the 2003/04 season. At that point the 'Invincibles' were practically unstoppable.
Since then the trophy has eluded the north London outfit for 12 years. They have notched up consistent third and fourth placed finishes in these 12 years but were well short of the quality of a championship-winning team. Last season we witnessed a late resurgence of the club only to see them secure a third place finish.
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Strong in defence and midfield
Cech's arrival is surely a huge confidence booster for the defence. He brings a lot of quality and experience that Arsenal will desperately need if they are to challenge for the league title.
They also have a good back-up keeper in David Ospina. The emergence of youngsters Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers is a positive sign. It won't be a surprise to see Bellerin dislodge Mathieu Debuchy from the right-back position.
Meanwhile, they have the reliable pair of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at the heart of defence with either Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal starting at the left-back position.
Their midfield can be called as the strongest in the league. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are expected to create and score goals which they did perfectly last season when injury-free.
The unexpected evolution of Francis Coquelin is another boost while Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can trouble opposition defences with their skill and pace. They also have a pretty good bench comprising of Tomas Rosicky, Serge Gnabry, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
Weaker in attack
Their weakest department is their forward line. Olivier Giroud netted 14 league goals last term while Danny Welbeck managed a meagre four goals. The team heavily depended on Giroud for goals with Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo simply unable to provide cover when Giroud was injured. They need to address this issue pretty soon.
It is clear that Arsenal have more match winners in their squad right now. With such a squad depth and presence of many experienced players and a seasoned manager in Arsene Wenger, Arsenal can win the Premier League this term.
However, their biggest concern will be to keep their star performers injury free. If they manage to do so then one can very well expect Arsenal to become champions after a long time.