Ever since the ‘Invicibles’ of 2003, Arsenal have failed to win a single Premier League title - but this year they look stronger; hungrier; and easily good enough to repeat such glory days.
Arsene Wenger came under fire this summer for not bolstering his squad enough, with fans crying out for a top-class striker, but he looks to have been wise in not opening the chequebook.
As it stands, the Gunners won't need to dip their toes into the January transfer window for striking additions, barring any injury crisis, with Theo Walcott finding excellent form playing as the central striker and Olivier Giroud an adequate back-up centre-forward. Danny Welbeck is yet to recover from his injury, too.
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Arsenal’s only league defeats this season have come against an impressive West Ham side on the opening day - a clash they should have won, albeit - and unsurprisingly against Chelsea, who Wenger seems to consistently struggle against.
But they looked in supreme control against Manchester United at the beginning of the month and managed to put five past a Leicester City side that has started the new season in fine form.
The catalyst in Arsenal’s new-found strength is simple - Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean, who can play either up front, on the wing or just behind the central striker, is a cut above the rest in not only Arsenal’s squad but also in the Premier league.
Having previously spent big on Mesut Ozil, Wenger has finally found his answer to Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard and David Silva. Sanchez has the ability to beat his man but also find the back of the net.
He’s quick, strong and a natural finisher, and a man that Arsenal consistently rely upon to make something happen in the final third, alongside the creative exploits that Ozil and co. can provide.
Not only have we seen fine form from Alexis Sanchez, but the consistent rise of midfield bruiser Francis Coquelin. The Frenchman, who this time last year was on loan at Charlton, has muscled his way into Wenger’s plans thanks to the type of combative performances in the heart of midfield that the Gunners have sorely lacked in recent years.
His assertive style of play and ability to break up opposition attacking movement compliments Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey's more technical style - a perfect combination, you might say.
The beauty of Wenger’s squad this season is that it is young. With established first-team players such as Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all yet to enter the prime of their careers, Arsenal fans can be very excited as to what this season and the next has to offer.
And with Chelsea stuttering, United still unpredictable and Liverpool undergoing yet another upheaval, a two-horse race is becoming more and more evident, with Manchester City the only team standing in Arsenal's way of long-awaited Premier League success.
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