It’s been 12 long years for Arsenal fans since they last saw their side lift the Premier League trophy, which means some poor kids have gone through their lives without witnessing Arsene Wenger’s side at their best.
The Gunners struggled to compete during the years following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, although they remained consistent in qualifying for the Champions League, before finishing runners-up in the Premier League last season to surprise champions, Leicester City.
Whilst many believed last term was Arsenal’s best chance in years to end their wait for a title slip by, Arsene Wenger has spoken at the club’s AGM and said that this year is the side’s best chance for success in a number of seasons – and even made a prediction on the points total required to emerge as champions.
“Today we are in a much more competitive position to fight for the title than five or six years ago. I believe we have a competitive team in a very competitive league.
“After nine games we have 20 points, which means the championship will be decided between 82 to 86 points,” he said. I believe the team has the commitment, togetherness, hunger, desire and unity, and we have a good chance to compete for the Premier League.
“That is the target and I am absolutely committed to fulfilling it and giving my best so that we are successful until the end of the season.”
With Wenger celebrating 20 years in charge of Arsenal last season, and seeing his contract in north London expire at the end of the campaign, many are predicting this will be the successful Frenchman’s last year in charge of his beloved side.
Winning the title certainly won’t be easy, though, with Arsenal currently tied on points with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool and just one point ahead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who they face in a week-and-a-half.
Having performed admirably across all competitions so far though, it would take a brave man to bet against the Gunners this season.