It has been 11 years since Arsenal last won the Premier League title but after victory over Aston Villa this weekend, a win which returned the Gunners to the top of the table, there is optimism that this season could finally be the one to put an end to the baron run in North London.
Here are five reasons as to why Arsenal can go on to convert their top spot in the table to the title at the end of the campaign.
1. Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil is arguably the player of the season so far in the Premier League. The German has now assisted 13 times in the Premier League this campaign after setting up Aaron Ramsey in his side’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
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Ozil is on course to the break the Premier League record for assists in a season, in which he is now seven behind Gunners legend Thierry Henry, who recorded 20 to his name in the 2002/03 campaign.
Not only is Ozil assisting the rest of his team-mates, he is also chipping in which crucial goals in big games. There are not many players in the world right now who are as invaluable to their team as Ozil is to Arsene Wenger’s side.
2. Manchester City
Not long ago Manchester City went odds-on in the betting for the title this season, however, since then their form has been sketchy to say the least.
The 2013/14 champions have just two Premier League wins to their name in November and December and one of those came via a stoppage time winner against Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
If Arsenal can get better of Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on 21st December, they would have a big advantage over their rivals in the Premier League table.
It is very difficult to win league titles when your defence is leaking in goals. Thankfully for Arsenal, that has not been the case. The Gunners have conceded just 13 goals this season, only Manchester United have a better record, albeit scoring fewer goals than Arsenal.
One of the key reasons for Arsenal’s improvement at the back has been the signing of Petr Cech in the summer. The former Chelsea shot-stopper has made the back a much stronger and reliable unit.
4. Giroud hitting form
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He’s always going to have his critics, but Olivier Giroud is on one of his best runs for Arsenal. The hat-trick he scored against Olympiakos in Greece has given the Frenchman a much needed confidence boost and, if he can keep it up, he could play a crucial role in helping the Gunners to their first Premier League title since 2014.
5. January transfer window
Arsene Wenger was reluctant to spend during the summer transfer window as he wanted to see how far his current crop of players can go this season. He may decide to invest in January, though, to add some depth to his squad in case they suffer with injuries like they have in previous campaigns in the final third of the season.