Arsenal will have themselves to blame for Premier League failure

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If Arsenal fail to win the Premier League title next May, they will have nobody to blame but themselves for throwing away such a glorious opportunity.

After 13 matches the Gunners find themselves four points clear at the top of the Premier League table - and a massive nine points clear of Manchester United, the reigning champions.

Even the most optimistic of Arsenal supporters couldn't have envisaged such a blistering start to the season - but after recording 10 wins from their opening 13 matches, Arsene Wenger's men find themselves firmly in the driving seat.

At times they have looked like the only team who actually want to win the Premier League title, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and United all dropping points in matches they were expected to win before kick-off.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have not been anywhere near as complacent. Bar their opening-day defeat to Aston Villa, the only other league loss so far was the visit to Manchester United - and even then it could be argued they were desperately unlucky not to leave Old Trafford with at least a point.

Arsenal possess the best midfield in the Premier League - and this has proved the difference so far.

The arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and the stunning improvement in Aaron Ramsey means Arsenal are now better equipped to win the Premier League title than at any other point over the past eight years.

Jack Wilshere is scoring goals too, Santi Cazorla is finding his feet after injury, while Mathieu Flamini has been nothing short of inspired since returning to the club on a free transfer in the summer.

Of course, though, Arsenal will need to bring in at least one more player in the January transfer window. There's no doubt that Wenger requires another striker - Olivier Giroud has been outstanding so far this season, but he can't be expected to play every match between now and May.

However, the France international has a major role to play over the coming weeks.

The biggest test of Arsenal's title credentials is just around the corner, with the north London outfit set to play Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea before the turn of the new year.

Lose them and Arsenal will no longer look like genuine title contenders. Once again, they'll be made to look like mere pretenders.

They must prove that they're more - because if they don't, they'll only have themselves to blame at the end of the season.

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