Arsenal Premier league History.
The last time Arsenal won the English Premier League George W. Bush was still American president. Ever since America has had three presidents. It has been just about 20 years since that Thierry Henry led Arsenal won the Premier league unbeaten. Ever since they have only come close and never actually won it. Most notably in the 2015/16 season when Leicester won it in one of the most remarkable sports stories of our time.
For a while it always seemed that The Gunners would never go back to being one of the top English clubs as they once were. Legendary manager Arsene Wenger tried to win it time and time again until the fans became restless. They then sought the former Sevilla Manager Unai Emery who the closest he came to silverware was against arch London rivals in the Europa League Final in Baku. Emery was sacked without even having a sniff at winning the Premier league. To put into context, Arsenal have not finished above their North London rival Tottenham in six seasons in the premiership.
Enter Mikel Arteta.
As fate would have it, the once Arsenal boy Mikel Arteta that has given the Emirates faithful a chance to dream. He is widely considered to the protégé of celebrated Man City manager Pep Guardiola having served as his assistant at Manchester City. This is the first managerial job of the former Spanish international and onetime Arsenal captain. Arteta’s start to life in North London has polarized fans and pundits alike. He has had considerable success by winning the FA cup in his first season and the resultant Community shield in the next. But two seventh placed finishes made a faction of the fan base call for his head. Until this season.
The Blueprint was there to be seen really. Arteta had a plan all along. He encouraged the management to invest in young talents like Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid and centre back Ben White from Brighton. The use of academy talent Bukayo Saka has always been appreciated that he was even voted England Men’s best player of the year. Arteta has fused his team with the experience of Thomas Partey and even the once out of favour Granit Xhaka. He has however come under criticism for his insecurity with veteran players. Most notably the now Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who he whisked to Barca after minor disagreements.
What makes this team special?
But enough about the negatives. Arteta has genuinely built a team that could challenge for the top spot. The team is playing beautiful football associated with the Wenger teams of the early 2000s. The team is also built on young players like returning loanee William Saliba who is almost like a new signing. The gunners have conquered all the challenges that have come their way this season. When rival fans said they didn’t win against big teams –they beat Tottenham convincingly. When they were challenged to beat a tittle contender-they showed their spirit and won against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. But can they go all the way?
What can stop Arsenal?
The major stumbling block is that they lack a good squad depth compare to their rivals. It is important to note that they are always affected by injuries. The only game they have lost this season was against Manchester United when their midfield general Thomas Partey was out with injury. If their players are disturbed by injuries in this congested fixture schedule then there is no chance for them.
The big elephant in the room is obviously Manchester City. The citizens are a perfect team having secured the services of Norwegian firebrand Erling Haaland. The former Dortmund striker has bagged three assists in back to back Premier League home games which is nothing short of exceptional. Added with the tactical intuition of master Pep Guardiola makes them the ones to beat.
If Arsenal can beat Manchester City in that hugely anticipated fixture then we truly have got to believe them.
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