There is something embedded in Arsenal’s DNA that suggests they baulk when the Premier League title race enters the month of March.
Arsene Wenger’s men are at risk of squandering the chance to win the crown once again. Their setback against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening means there is now a realistic prospect of Tottenham or Leicester lifting the trophy this season.
The current crop at Wenger’s disposal looks bereft of ideas and self-confidence. Even Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the two sparkling gems within the current squad, are struggling for form.
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Here are the three players that GiveMeSport believes are scuppering the club’s chances of winning the country’s biggest prize for the first time since 2004.
Last season, Sanchez was Arsenal’s talisman with the Chilean thriving in his new surroundings after leaving La Liga giants Barcelona following the arrival of Luis Suarez.
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He made his £30million transfer fee look like a bargain, netting 25 goals in 53 appearances and helped the club retain the FA Cup, scoring in the 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.
However, it has been a completely different campaign thus far with injuries stunting his second season in England and restricting him from replicating the displays that made him so sensational a year ago.
The 27-year-old has scored just ten times this season and must return to form if the Gunners are to reignite their faltering title bid.
Ten years on from his arrival from Southampton, and the jury remains out on Theo Walcott.
There can be no denying he has speed. He has potency. And, on his day, he has a ruthless streak about him. Yet BBC pundit Alan Shearer really hit the nail on the head when he questioned his involvement in Wenger’s side.
The 26-year-old has been tried on both flanks and down the middle, without making a lasting impression in any position. After an initially bright start to the season, the ex-Southampton player has just six goals from 31 appearances.
Walcott last found the net in last month’s sensational victory over Leicester but has just netted twice in his last 22 games. A poor return for a player meant to be reaching the peak of his career.
Like Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was another to sign on at the Emirates from Southampton in the belief he would land Wenger’s side silverware galore.
However, the winger has struggled to make an impression this season and has been linked with a move to fierce rivals Chelsea in recent months.
The 22-year-old still has time on his side to come good but, with injuries hampering him and his ability still questionable, he will need to make an impression sooner rather than later.
Chamberlain could miss the remainder of the current campaign and few will be sad to see his name missing from Wenger’s starting line-up.
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