Let’s face it, although Arsene Wenger has in-fact ended his frustrating silverware drought at the Emirates with back-to-back consecutive FA cup triumphs in the past two seasons, Arsenal still arguably remain one of the biggest underachievers in the entire Premier League.
Whatever certain die-hard Gunners fans have to say about the situation, the manner in which those two cup victories were achieved did in-fact cast doubt over Arsenal’s overall trophy winning ability within the grand scheme of things. Although the FA Cup is supposed to represent one of the most sought after domestic prizes in the whole of Europe – the likes of Hull City and Aston Vila simply failed to represent sides worthy enough of testing Arsene Wenger’s team at the very best of their game.
We are therefore potentially yet to see if this current Gunners outfit are truly any good when push comes to shove, regardless of their steady progress in recent years. Yet after registering a pretty solid start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, is the concept of Arsenal finishing above all their competitors in the league table really that hard to imagine with all things considered?
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The North London club have certainly looked strong thus far domestically, the Gunners do in-fact possess some of the brightest talents in world football right about now – and as this may be Arsene Wenger’s last ever season amongst the English top-flight – is this actually Arsenal’s best shot of winning the league title in many a year?
The answer could well be, yes. After suffering a humbling 5-1 defeat at the hands of a merciless Bayern Munich side last time out, general football fans could easily be forgiven for casting critical doubt over the Gunners this term. Arsenal have largely proved an absolute push-over in the Champions League, with many even writing-off Wenger’s overall decision making skills in the modern era.
The North Londoners have also been dumped out of the Carling Cup by under-dogs Sheffield Wednesday recently, leaving any critics of this current Gunners squad with extra material to willingly launch in the club’s direction.
However, being casted out of Europe and the Carling Cup alike may not actually represent the worst pieces of news Gunners fans could have heard this term. In reality, Arsenal haven’t even come close to succeeding in the Champions League in recent years – no matter how desperate some of the current Emirates faithful seem to want to win the illustrious tournament. The Carling Cup also remains a somewhat forgotten venture these days, so perhaps Wenger ultimately has his thoughts set on bigger and better things for 2015/16…
Obviously no top-flight manager wants to see their side prematurely crash out of any major competition – but after experiencing a largely fruitless summer transfer window – maybe Wenger has seemingly been left with no choice but to sacrifice certain avenues this term. The signing of Petr Cech may have been a strong one, but without further new additions down at the Emirates this summer, Arsenal’s overall strength in depth can certainly be called in question.
Although his first choice starting XI usually looks strong enough on paper, Arsene Wenger’s lack of reliable back-up will definitely make things difficult for the Gunners this season, especially if they are still playing in Europe by the turn of the year. Francis Coquelin has very little support in the defensive midfield position should he fall injured any time soon, and the likes of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud could well have done with a little something extra to keep them ticking over in the striking department for the 2015/16 campaign.
Having said that though, Arsenal could potentially survive their sincere squad depth worries this term, if the team manage to steer clear of the usual injury curse that seemingly comes round the haunt the Emirates ranks with every passing year. Each of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil represent some genuine world class quality for Gunners fans to enjoy – and if both players remain fit for the majority of the current campaign – Arsenal could well impress even further this season.
It won’t prove an easy task by any measure of course, and Arsene Wenger’s team have admittedly shown some sheer shortcomings when it comes to producing a match winning mentality week-after-week – but if Arsenal are quickly dispatched from the Champions League this term without the prospect of an unwanted Europa League campaign on their hands – the Gunners have to stand a strong chance of winning the Premier League title this year.
As a handful of first team stars have already fallen unfit for Wenger this term however, now we will see what this current Arsenal squad are truly made of in the cold light of day.