At the beginning of the season, expectations were high at the Emirates. With Arsene Wenger having his best squad in years, all Gunner fans believed this was the season for them. Signing Petr Cech from Chelsea was a massive signal to every other Premier League club that Arsenal wanted the Premier League and there was nothing to stop them.
There have been some road blocks with crucial injuries and difficult fixtures in a short period of time meant some positivity was lost. However, Arsenal earned a crucial three points over the weekend against Everton and heading into the international break, positivity has been restored. Arsenal are a club built on success and winning the Premier League would do wonders for the club.
With eight matches left in the Premier League, there is still time to make up the point gap between the Gunners and Leicester City. No matter how tough the challenge is, Arsene and his squad will be giving everything they have to make sure they win the coveted Premier League title. Here are five reasons why Arsenal are still on the road to glory.
Manageable fixtures left
Arsenal have had a difficult run in with their fixtures, facing Barcelona before playing emotionally draining matches against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Leicester City. However, after the international break, Arsenal only play two matches against teams in the top half of the table. Although those fixtures are away trips to West Ham and Manchester City, Arsenal should have confidence to think they can beat anyone.
Along with those matches, facing the likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland, and Crystal Palace gives encouragement that maximum points are still a possibility. Although these clubs are fighting relegation, if the Gunners are to win the title, these are the sorts of games they need to be winning, giving a nervy Emirates crowd a sense of excitement as well as relief.
Having one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history provides immense confidence that he will shore up points for Arsenal in the run in. After a nervy start to the campaign, Cech has found his typical form and before suffering injury, he was one of the club’s best performers. However, he is on track to return to action against Watford, which will raise the spirits of many Arsenal supporters.
Cech is also no stranger to winning titles. In fact, he has four Premier League winners’ medals with Chelsea. If anyone in the Arsenal squad needs advice about being in a title race, Cech is the man who will provide guidance. Cech is a positive player who only gives encouragement to his teammates and with Arsenal needing maximum points, he will step up as a leader to get them to the top.
Since his transfer from Manchester United, Danny Welbeck has had some tough luck with suffering injuries. After being out for four months at the beginning of the current campaign, he picked up a serious knee injury in his first appearance back that sidelined him for another five months. However, since his potential title changing goal against Leicester City a little over a month ago, he has been Arsenal’s best forward.
He has bagged four goals since returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and it is more than just his goals that have given Arsenal hope for more encouraging performances. He has been running the channels, has been effective in his hold-up play, and pressuring defenders into mistakes. He has given Arsenal an injection of energy at the perfect time. Barring another injury picked up with England, Welbeck should come back with loads of confidence.
Alexis Sanchez had a spectacular debut season for the club last season and Mesut Özil was the best player in the Premier League at the beginning of this campaign. These two players are vital if Arsenal are to have any success. Both had a few difficulties throughout the season and it has affected the team’s performance. However, with both players finding their strides over the past few weeks, the fans hope this will impact the results of the league.
Getting players like Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla back before the end of the season would be a huge plus, too. Mohamed Elneny has slotted into the side well, but getting creative players of this sort of calibre returning to first team action will be a huge factor in Arsenal’s title run-in.
Wenger has faced a heap of pressure this season. With everyone pointing to Arsenal as title favourites, his job became even more difficult: deliver the Premier League title back to North London or see your entire career labelled a failure. Although some of the results haven’t been up to the normal standards, Wenger never gets discouraged and always improves his squad to ensure his club are playing the best football possible.
There is a reason why he has been Arsenal’s manager for nearly 20 years. He has produced six FA Cups, four FA Community Shields, and three Premier League titles. He has a history of bringing success to the club. He produced the Invincibles and numerous other great teams. He knows what it takes to bring success to the club and he will continue to do that. With eight matches left in this exhilarating Premier League season, Arsene Wenger will make sure Arsenal are flying to the top.