Arsenal: Can They Challenge For The Title?

Arsene Wenger’s side finished third in the Premier League table in 2014/15 despite equalling their worst ever start to a domestic campaign under the Frenchman. The Gunners were exceptional throughout the second half of the season, winning 10 out of 11 matches after losing 2-1 to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in February. Unfortunately for Arsenal, they couldn’t catch Chelsea as Jose Mourinho’s side streaked to the title – their first since 2011 – but their performances since the turn of the year have left supporters optimistic about their chances in the new season.

With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in the side, Arsenal have creativity in abundance and will cause problems for the division’s best defences throughout the year. The Gunners scored 71 goals in 38 matches last season, despite losing many of their top players due to injury problems throughout the campaign. Wenger’s side also secured the FA Cup trophy for the second year in succession. This was an excellent achievement after previously going nine years without a major trophy.

Ozil

by  Ronnie Macdonald 

Wenger has already revealed that the Gunners will invest astutely in the transfer window and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a striker arrive at Emirates Stadium in the next few months. Although Olivier Giroud improved last season, he’s still not the world class centre forward that Arsenal need if they are to challenge for the Premier League title. The club have been linked with a move for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, as well as Colombian international Jackson Martinez. Either of these two players would be a great addition, but they should set their sights on one of the world’s elite strikers if they are to really make an impact on the rest of the top flight.

The Gunners have shown that they are more than capable of competing with the best teams in England and Wenger will be quietly confident of his side’s chances for the title. After a phenomenal end to the 2014/15 campaign, a number of punters will be wagering in the football betting on Arsenal to go on and lift the Premier League trophy in the new campaign. This is something that the Gunners have failed to do since the ‘Invincibles’ stormed the top flight in 2004. Chelsea and Manchester City are tough opponents and pose a major threat but, with a bit of luck, Arsenal can go on to finish at the top of the division and lift the trophy for the fourth time in the Premier League era.

Arsenalby  Ronnie Macdonald 

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