Is it Crazy to say this Arsenal squad could win the Premier League? Maybe Not!

“Arsenal don’t have any squad depth!”

That must be the reason why today it’s virtually impossible to pick a starting XI without leaving out one or two excellent players.

Strength in depth…

Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott made their comebacks recently, Aaron Ramsey did the same a bit earlier while, with perfect timing, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Francis Coquelin started to play the best football of their careers.

Olivier Giroud, who spent three months out with a broken foot, is scoring almost one goal per game and Alexis Sanchez is keeping his performances levels sky high. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can’t stop improving and Hector Bellerín and Calum Chambers are showing they can play for the Arsenal every week. Even between the posts we have real competition!

Don’t forget Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Débuchy and Mikel Arteta, while you are at it, and Gabriel, whose signing will keep Mertesacker and Koscielny on their toes for the remainder of the season.

Spoilt for choice…


“Arsenal are a one-man team!”

That’s why we have EIGHTEEN different goal scorers already this season, more than any other Premier League Club.

Of course, Alexis Sanchez is stealing the show but five out of our seven defenders scored already this season – that says a lot about our variety. We can score from set-pieces, we can score from corners (although not often enough), we can score from open play and we either score unstoppable solo goals or wonderful team goals.

Qui dit mieux?

How on Earth are we sitting fifth, behind Southampton and Manchester United? That’s killing me. We lost points at Leicester, Swansea and Stoke as well as at home to Hull City and even Tottenham and we’re still three points off third spot and thirteen off the top. After those results, we should be lying where Liverpool stands and planning for next season already – but we’re not too far from the top. Instead it means that our rivals are not immune to unexpected slips, as Chelsea proved by losing a comfortable eight point lead on Manchester City.

If we could stop giving away points so easily and gifting our rivals soft wins like we did to Manchester United at home and Southampton away…

I might be a deluded fan but I do believe our squad is level with City’s and Chelsea’s. We can score anytime going forward, we have a plethora of options to unlock any defensive line and we have players who can pop off the bench and win us games. Now that we rediscovered some real fighting spirit and collective effort when it’s down to defending, I really don’t see what we are lacking to challenge for the title. We have alternatives, we have spirit and we have hunger: we have everything to win it.

Title contenders?


We are out of time, perhaps.

Apart from that, I don’t see why we shouldn’t win the league this year.

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2 Responses to Is it Crazy to say this Arsenal squad could win the Premier League? Maybe Not!

  1. Victor Thompson January 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Isn`t it amazing, the difference in tone of the articles appearing now compared to 2 months ago. I make no apologies for wishing that Arsene would decide to go. I did not want him to be hounded out as some so called supporters did. He has earned the right to leave on his own terms and I hoped he would.

    I agree that the squad he has now is as good as either of the top two but it is still the personnel that he had at the start of the season. Injuries are the main cause of the absence of most of the players who have not been available to him and that is something that has been going on too long to be ignored. He wants to have his finger on the pulse of everything in the club, so I am afraid the buck stops at him.

    He has finally taken advice and is setting his teams up tactically and they showed against Man. City that they have their measure. One thing none of the top teams can deny is that Arsenal play the best football and are the best team to watch. Even Gary Neville says that. That is Arsene`s best trademark.

    I wonder if those of you who support Arsenal ever dip into other matches on TV and get bored watching them. I have to confess, I do, and I am delighted with the way we are playing now. I dont think we can win the league now, but I look forward to next season and I am more optimistic about the Championship. Good to be a Gooner.

  2. AndreaR January 30, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Thanks for your comment, Victor.
    I couldn’t agree more about AW finally having a squad as good as Chelsea or Manchester City and I also agree that watching other teams help understanding how good our football is.

    As I said in my column, we might be out of time to win the league this year but I still have hope; we need consistency to build momentum and go on a long winning streak – if we manage to do that we’ll end up being straight into the mix and, from that point, anything can happen.

    A more conservative and defensive approach worked well at City, it could win us points at Chelsea, Manchester United and other grounds where we used to struggle.
    I’m glad AW found a way to have players like Cazorla fighting so hard for the team, that could be the key for success.

    Let’s wait and see what happens.

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