Are Arsenal favourites to win the Premier League?


Nature and circumstances has bestowed Arsene Wenger with the best ever chance, in almost a decade, to win the Barclays Premier League next season with a number of advantages in his favour.

First and foremost, the most significant factor being that this time around he does not have to deal with the now largely familiar feeling of being let down by his outstanding player each season.

Of late, the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and co. have all departed after enjoying their best season with the club, depriving their manager of the tip of the sword he so painfully forges season after season.

But this time there seems to be no such danger/likelihood and almost all the players are looking forward to the new season barring a few on the fringes. Instead, there appears to be a new found hope and belief that something special is in store for next season, with several players voicing their confidence of challenging for the title next season.

The second significant factor is that the Gunners manager has reportedly been given a huge transfer kitty this time and more importantly enough, he plans on using it.

Arsenal have already seen several top quality players being linked with the club, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic doing the rounds lately. 

Ashley Williams has reportedly already agreed personal terms with the club to join them next season. His signing might prompt the club captain Thomas Vermaelen to seek a move elsewhere but he has hardly been of any significance this season and Arsenal can afford to let him go if the right price comes along.

The move for Gonzalo Higuain is almost virtually completed with only the lack of manager at Real Madrid to seal the deal delaying the process.

With a top-notch striker, midfielder, right-back and keeper, this Gunners team has the potential to become one of the most efficient in their history.

The third significant factor for Wenger must be the settling down of the new signings last season. The new faces are a year older and as Kieran Gibbs pointed out to reporters: "It puts us in good stead for next season because I believe the team have gelled."

With a year of Premier League experience behind them, the likes of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla can only improve and play better from now on. 

Giroud, in particular, improved as the season wore on and will be looking to make the forward role his permanently next season.

The last major factor in favour of Wenger is that all of the rival club’s, which will be vying for the crown next season will each have a new manager at the helm.

In David Moyes, Manchester United have signed a man who has never before won a major trophy, so expecting him to land the league crown in his first season would be very naive. 

Manchester City's new manager Manuel Pellegrini will struggle to introduce his style of play in to a team largely reliant on Roberto Mancini’s defensive tactics.

Chelsea are the only club who have a chance of snatching the league away from Arsenal, especially with the arrival of Jose Mourinho in their dugout. Tottenham have always been edged out by their North London rivals and Liverpool are not yet ready to challenge for top honours.

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