It would be fair to say that in the lead up to this year’s Premier League season very little optimism could be found around the Emirates.
Whilst the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were busy strengthening their ranks and making the most of the summer transfer market Arsene Wenger’s cheque booked remained firmly shut.
Going into the opening day, tensions were reaching boiling point. Arsenal had not won any silverware since 2005 and had managed to sell at least one of their marquee players each season since then.
By quarter to five on the August 17, calls for Wenger’s head were no longer just the incessant tweets of Piers Morgan but were a widely held opinion among the majority inside the stadium as Arsenal suffered a humiliating defeat at home to Aston Villa.
Many claimed Wenger’s days were numbered and had he carried on in that vein maybe they would have been, but maybe finally realised, in the wake of this defeat, that he had to compete in the transfer market with his rivals.
He needed a marquee signing, not just to improve his team but to inspire them, and in Mesut Ozil he acquired the perfect man.
The German oozes quality on the ball seeing passes that other players could never imagine, and executing them with complete precision.
The worrying thing for the rest of the Premier League is that Ozil his best form is yet to arrive, a frightening thought.
As much as the former Real Madrid man has improved the current crop, and has inspired confidence among them he is by no means the only reason for Arsenal's fantastic form, much of the praise has to be heaped on the Arsenal's back four and goalkeeper.
Last season, and evidently against Aston Villa, the Arsenal back line was simply a shambles and leaked goals but it seems that the work of Steve Bould and a sudden boost in self-confidence has seen a complete transformation in the Arsenal back-line, especially among the likes of Mertesacker and Szczesny, who have transformed this season.
Flamini has added solidarity and tenacity to the Arsenal midfield, further protecting the newly resilient back line, whilst Aaron Ramsey is a player reborn.
There are still a couple of hurdles to be cleared for Arsene’s team though, question marks remain over there centre forward situation.
Giroud has improved massively this year but lacks the quality of Sergio Aguero or Robin van Persie if he picks up an injury Arsenal only have Bendtner to replace him.
It’s a situation Wenger has to solve in January as they are extremely light in that position.
Another factor will be how they fare away from home against the top clubs. In the past couple of seasons Arsenal have struggled on their travels to the bigger sides, and if they want to be realistic title contenders then their away form in these games must improve.
If the Gunners can continue their impressive form in the league though, and add in a pinch of luck, they just might claim their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 season.
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