Although they still sit behind Manchester City in the Premier League table, on current from, there is only one side that appears like they can stop Mourinho’s side. Arsenal is the form team in the league, with nine games to go, are they now in the title race?
Wenger’s men were in scintillating form at home to West ham, playing with the kind of dynamism that makes them a threat to any side in the country. Since the first leg defeat to Monaco in Europe, Arsenal have reacted strongly, winning their next three games.
Mesut Ozil, finally looks like he may be putting a consistent run of performances together, the type that made him one of the best players in the world. Since his signing from Real Madrid, many have been quick to get on the German’s back, however recent outings are beginning to persuade even the most fervent anti-Ozil supporters.
In Alexis Sanchez, they have one of the stand-out performers of the season, 13 league goals has been more than Wenger could have wished for from the Chilean star. Ironically, Arsenal’s recent strengths have coincided with the former Barcelona man’s first dip in form. When Sanchez clicks again Arsenal have yet another potent arm to attack with.
For what has seemed like years, Arsenal have lacked a real top quality striker. Since the departure of Thierry Henry and the retirement of Denis Bergkamp, the Gunners have been a knife without an edge.
Now they have Olivier Giroud.
Still chastised by some Giroud continues to deliver the goods, he himself acknowledges how disappointing he was against Monaco, but his goal against West Ham highlighted the kind of quality he has. He could still yet fire Arsenal to an amazing end of season party.
With fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and title rivals Chelsea to play, Arsenal could still enter the title race.
Chelsea are faltering, it is beginning to look distinctly similar to the late season collapse last year. They threw away the title last time around with poor results against teams they would expect to beat. It could happen again.
With Man City’s season seemingly fall apart too; second place seems a good bet for Wenger’s men. If everything clicks together from now till April, Arsenal could be on the cusp of something they haven’t achieved in a decade.
Still in the Champions League (just), still in the Premier League race (just) and the favourites for the FA Cup, we could be a few months ago from the greatest ‘shock’ treble in the history of football.
However, this season ends, Arsenal are entering the business end of a season and are genuinely in the tile race. It has to be seen as genuine progression, Mourinho may be looking over his shoulder and he will be more worried to see the Red of Arsenal, than the Sky Blue of City.