Can Arsenal win the League this season?

October 3, 2013 in Premier League by William Kent

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It’s a bit premature to start judging whether teams are likely to win the league or not, but Arsenal’s storming start with 5 wins out of 6 games combined with victories in the Champions League and the Capital One cup, predictions have already begun.

Whilst 5 victories out of 6 games is an impressive record, these victories have come against sides which Arsenal should be beating, with the exception of Spurs. Victories over Stoke and Sunderland should’ve been expected, especially with competition for Champions League spots at their toughest this year, every point is valuable.

The deadline day addition of Mesut Ozil has evidently raised the clubs morale; the fans and the media are off the back of Arsene Wenger for his lack of transfer activity. Having been at the club since 1996, Wenger overtook Sir Alex Ferguson as the current longest serving manager when he stepped down at the end of the last season, and Wenger’s vast experience in the Premier League when compared to others such as Manuel Pellegrini at City and Jose Mourinho at Chelsea could be what finally lands the League trophy again.sze

However, questions still lie over their defence and notably Wojciech Szczesny. Just one of these 6 games has included a clean sheet, conceding 3 to Aston Villa and 1 a piece to each Fulham, Swansea, Stoke and Sunderland - further raising concerns that the back 4 and goalkeeper need investment. No other side in the current top 6 have conceeded more goals than the Gunners this campaign. How long can Arsenal continue to out score teams? The biggest goal threat this season has been from Oliver Giroud and Aaron Ramsay. Both have been on fire so far, last season showed that both can also be useless at times. Nevertheless, the offloading of players such as Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh is a positive move. Whilst these may be useful squad players, they aren’t players that will win you the league.

Looking towards other title challengers, this season is looking far more up for grabs than any other, with Wenger himself stating there are 7 sides that are capable of winning the league. Some of this could be taken as mind games, taking the pressure off his side, something of which they’ve struggled with before. David Moyes hasn’t started well at United and both Pellegrini and Mourinho have had shaky starts, combining this with Spurs and their huge squad revamp, Arsenal haven’t had a better chance in years. The next three League games include West Brom (A), Norwich (H) and Crystal Palace (A) - all games they also should be taking points from.arse

Arsenal’s starting eleven is capable to beating any other on their day, and with notable improvements already within last seasons under performers such as Giroud and Ramsay, the starting side definitely contains enough quality worthy of a league title. The combination of Ozil’s arrival and Wenger’s far superior experience when compared to other Premier League managers could be what finally pushes Arsenal over the line.

Yes, Arsenal are good enough to win the Premier League.