In 2004 Arsenal won the Premier League title with the amazing Invincibles side, going a whole season unbeaten.
Since then, they haven't been able to win the coveted crown. I look at their teams over the years, full of talented, technically gifted players, along with one of the best managers around, and I ask myself how they have gone so long without winning the big one?
Don't get me wrong, winning the Premier League is not an easy thing by any means, and let's not forget they were competing against strong Chelsea and Manchester United teams as well as an emerging Manchester City side.
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One thing those teams all had in common were great leaders, characters through the spine of their team.
Chelsea had Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, Manchester United boasted Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Manchester City had Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.
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It's doesn't take a genius to realise that when you have a solid spine, you give yourself a great chance of challenging for the title.
Arsenal's chance has come
I look at Arsenal this year, and for the first time in a long time I finally think Arsene Wenger has a squad worthy of winning the league, and it's no surprise that this is down to a strong spine, mainly thanks to one of the signings of the summer in Cech.
With this one signing alone they have captured one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in the world. I was watching the Community Shield last weekend, and I heard the commentator state that since Jens Lehmann, Arsenal have tried seven different goalkeepers with no title.
I honestly think at no matter what level, you cannot succeed without a top goalkeeper. As a defender, you must always feel so much better about games knowing the quality of the goalkeeper behind you. In Petr Cech these Arsenal players have a rock.
It isn't just about Cech though; you now look at the spine of this Arsenal side, which in my opinion can be considered as strong as any in the league.
In Laurent Koscielny Wenger has a centre-back who has matured over the years and in many people's eyes has become one of the best in the league. The shrewd inclusion of Francis Coquelin into the defensive midfield role following a loan spell in the early parts of last season has also added that little bit of bite that Arsenal have lacked for some time.
With Aaron Ramsey in front goals are added from midfield, and Alexis Sanchez, with a season of experience in the Premier League under his belt, they really do look a force.
Obviously, we have to be realistic; they are competing against some top sides. Chelsea are still a very strong team and the outfit everyone will want to beat. United have strengthened very well with Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin and will definitely be a force, and let's not forget City, who have also added to their team and will want to prove a point after their showing last season.
Liverpool and Tottenham have also signed players to their respective squads and will want to show they can compete with the rest of the pack.
As a neutral, having been an admirer of the way Arsenal play for many years, I would love for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger to lift the Premier League title this season, and I think they have as strong a chance now as they have since 2004.
Arsenal fans, do you agree? Will you be disappointed if Wenger can't win the league this season? Let us know in the comments box below.
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