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Can Arsenal Win the League?

Arsenal are currently sitting top of the Barclays Premier League table after 10 rounds of matches, five points clear of the three nearest teams: Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. The question that all the fans and pundits are asking at the moment is can they win the league. Here are my thoughts.

Arsenal have a very good starting line-up with a number of high quality players and a good mix of Premier League experience and youthful energy. With an attack packed full of talent and a strong defence, the Gunners could be title challengers come May. Ozil seems to have added the creative spark that they have been missing in seasons gone by, Ramsey is playing out of his skin at the moment and Giroud can’t seem to stop scoring. The main issue that I find with their squad is the distinct lack of depth, especially up front. If Olivier Giroud gets injured then the only other out and out striker available is Nicklas Bendtner, and let’s be honest he won’t be giving opposition defences nightmares any time soon.

They showed that they could be taken seriously this weekend, beating second placed, free scoring, Liverpool at home comfortably. Other than Liverpool and Tottenham however, Arsene Wenger’s men haven’t had a really challenging game so far this season. Aston Villa, Fulham, Sunderland, Stoke, Swansea, West Brom, Norwich and Crystal Palace are all respectable teams but none of them will be making a push for the title in the foreseeable future. The best team that they have played so far were Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and they were beaten 2-1. Their next three fixtures are Dortmund away, Manchester United away and Southampton at home, all of whom are good sides and will be a good test of the Gunners’ title credentials.

All things considered I think that Arsenal will definitely be up at the top of the table at the end of the year, challenging for the title. They certainly have the capabilities to win the league this year but they may come unstuck through the rest of the season by injuries. The league is closer than recent memory this year and I can’t wait for the conclusion.

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