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Manchester United victory suggests Arsenal don't need new signings after all

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Season after season, it's always the same old story for Arsenal - they appear to be one or two signings away from making a genuine title bid but fail to bring in what is ultimately necessary.

This season appeared to be following the same trend given the sole acquisition of Petr Cech in the summer, with Gunners fans left scratching their heads as to what to expect this year.

After a rocky start to the season, though, and bar shock defeats in the Champions League, Arsenal have shown glimpses that they could be the real deal this year, especially after their emphatic victory over Manchester United last weekend.

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Inside twenty minutes, Arsenal had put the game to bed with slick counter-attacking football and precise finishing. The second half, on the flip side, demonstrated a compact defensive performance that led to a clean sheet - something of an anomaly for the north Londoners.

So what were the main factors behind Arsenal's thumping victory? The Gunners' 'big three' - Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - were outstanding against the Red Devils. 

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The clash saw Ozil claim his first goal of the season and another assist - a performance that is expected from the German week in, week out given his calibre.

Cazorla, meanwhile, was also a force of great influence in the middle of the park with his technical wizardry and composure on the ball.

The Spaniard led by example, much like he did against Manchester City at the Etihad last season, with his importance to Arsenal there for all to see.

Sanchez, though, was even better. The Chilean, who recently broke his duck with a fantastic hat-trick against Leicester City, has shown once again how big an impact he can have on Arsenal if he's in form - if Sanchez is playing well, so will his team-mates.

When the 'big three' perform, Arsenal perform - it's as simple as that - which suggests that perhaps Arsenal don't really need new players so much as need their bigger players to consistently step up to the plate.

The above trio do not need to bear the weight of the load on their own, of course. 

Theo Walcott, a winger turned striker in recent weeks, has been magnificent and is finally starting to repay Arsene Wenger for his faith that he could one day transform into a deadly striker.

And when combined with the aforementioned three, Walcott is indeed deadly. His pace and movement in behind opposition defenses is a sight to behold - not so for those marking him.

His finishing is coming along nicely too, alongside his interplay with those around him.

Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are other such names that can help Arsenal perform at their maximum, but it's purely a case of consistency. Ramsey, though, must be played more centrally to get the best out of the Welshman - right midfield simply doesn't suit him.

Defensively Arsenal were impressive too. Petr Cech seems to be growing with confidence each game, whilst the Gunners' back four and Francis Coquelin looked strong, even if they were sloppy against Olympiacos.

Arsene Wenger has the pieces of the puzzle to win the Premier League title, but it's a case of the Frenchman continually getting the best out of his players that will determine their success, rather than how effective he'll be in the upcoming winter transfer window.

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