It’s been eight long years and counting since Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side have been able to lift a trophy. The North London club have remained competitive throughout their trophy drought, finishing in the top four securing them a place in European soccer’s most prestigious tournament.
They’ve made it to two cup finals once in the champions league (2006) and in the league cup (2011) both resulting in losses for the club. Usually by now the gunners as they are so affectionately called by their fans would be out of the title picture. In the past eight season the gunners have always gotten off to a strong start but by half the ( December) season they would have fallen behind the usual suspects Chelsea, Manchester united and recently Manchester city. This season can see arsenal shake the proverbial monkey off their back as they are still in every cup competition available to them except the Capital One Cup. Much has been made of Wenger selling some world-class players to other clubs and rivals, most recent being Robin VanPersie to United. In addition his strict spending policy on players has also been scrutinized, in a shock move this past summer the manager paid 40 million (a club transfer fee record) for the services of Mesut Ozil a German international who no doubt galvanized his team.
They currently hold the top spot in the table, with the tough portion of their schedule coming up, which will see them play Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool (2) and Bayern Munich (2). This is where Arsenal will need its new-found grit and determination to solidify their claim to the premier league’s top spot.
With key players returning from injury at the right time. This could help Arsenal in their bid to secure the league title for the first time since their undefeated season in 2004.