Fixtures and squad depth still in Arsenal's favour amidst Premier League title bid

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In a turbulent and capricious season that has seen the astounding demise of the ‘Chosen One’ and last season’s relegation survivors Leicester City surge to the top of the Premier League, predicting the eventual 2016 champions seems an impossible task.

In spite of yesterday's dismal performance which saw an inexperienced Manchester United side expose their defensive frailties and deny them a vital three points, Arsenal's fate and hopes of title glory are still very much in their hands.

There are a host of elements to evaluate when attempting to predict who will come out on top, but all things considered, the Gunners still appear the outstanding favourites.


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Perhaps the most influential factors to look at are the number and difficulty of fixtures left to play, as well as the teams themselves, with squad depth and injuries particularly important.

With regards to games remaining, it's advantage Arsenal - just. There are a multitude of arguments that convincingly counter this claim, none more so than the fact the Gunners face difficult away trips to Tottenham, Everton and Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger's men also have the FA Cup and Champions League to contend for, but despite all this, managing a busy schedule is something Arsenal's French manager has vast experience in, and when fully fit, he has an excellent squad to pick from.

Furthermore, fans can take solace from the fact six or their remaining 11 league games are at the Emirates, whilst the Gunners have lost just four of their 14 away fixtures this season.

The respective fixture lists of Tottenham and City serve to further support Arsenal's bid to lift the Premier League trophy in May. Unless the north Londoners can pull off an unlikely miracle against Barcelona in the Champions League second leg, their calendar is due to be significantly lessened, whereas their rivals are performing well in Europe.

For Tottenham and City, competing on multiple fronts will prove a realitively alien task to handle and could lead to points dropped.

Elsewhere, squad depth might not prove an issue for Leicester given their sole focus is on the Premier League, but the simple fact Arsenal have a number of match winners on their bench will also serve as an advantage for the north Londoners.

Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck both emerged from the bench against the Foxes to claim a vital three point at the Emirates recently and epitomise just how strong a squad Wenger possesses when all players are fit. It's important to remember Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are close to returns too.

City and Tottenham both boast strong squads too, of course, but inconsistency has largely marred the former, whilst Mauricio Pochettino's side is arguably weaker than Arsenal's on the whole.

The title race thus far has been full of twists and turns, and whilst it will likely be decided in the final few games, it is still firmly Arsenal's to lose.

The return of several other important players will serve as further boosts to their already talented squad, and if the Gunners can solve their current lack of incisiveness and innovation going forward, they have all the necessary components to overturn the deficit before May 7.

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