What Arsenal must do to win the Premier League title

Arsenal fans could point to Tottenham’s capitulation towards the end of 2015/2016 season as a gift: The North London rivals had been locked in a fierce battle for the title, which Leicester ultimately won, but the White Hart Lane outfit had been ahead of their more illustrious rivals at the turn of the year, which was a surprise as The Gunners had never finished behind their rivals in Premier League history. Tottenham’s somewhat inevitable collapse gave Arsene Wenger a soft landing, as the fans had started to turn on Wenger to leave the club, but the board backed him to stay.

When the Gunners schooled Chelsea 3-0 back in September, they showed signs of a team that was ready to dominate the league. They looked particularly destructive that day, but it is surprising to find them 8 points behind the same team they beat so comprehensively. Antonio Conte’s men are seven points clear of Tottenham, who are currently second on 45 points. Arsenal are fourth on 44 points, which is not too bad, but consecutive losses to Everton and Manchester City back in December showed the familiar signs of fragility and wilting under pressure even after being ahead in both games, which has been a recurring theme for the past 12 years, a period they have failed to win the league title.

The Arsenal team lacks leaders of men, and lack of previous title winners. Apart from Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech, the team lacks the characters that have tasted title winning euphoria. Winning a league title means having players who can stand up to any situation, and won’t drop their normal levels of quality and expectation. The team is the best in recent times, with massive squad depth and quality replacements in every department, yet, they are not living up to expectations and it’s all down to the manager, who is regularly content with 4th placed finishes and the odd cup here and there.

Arsenal need to finally show they can be counted among serious title contenders, however, with Wenger still in charge, some things may never change.

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One Response to “What Arsenal must do to win the Premier League title”

  1. Emmanuel
    January 19, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    I agree with you 100%! How many times have I said this in various comments? Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 with new ideas in training technics, changes in players’ diet etc. The results he achieved were stunning, we don’t need to recount them here. In the meantime football as an art has moved on, but Wenger has not moved along. The most exasperating aspect of Wenger is his stubbornness and refusal to identify the fact that success in most cases is achieved by quality players. You can never win the champions league with mediocrity or average players. The same applies to the EPL(never mind the one off accident of Leicester City!). This is obvious with the status of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and such in world football. Even in England, the once average Manchester City have recently joined the league of greats since they changed ownership and new owners decided to show ambition. Great world class players managed by a great coach equals success. This is the truth! Wenger must therefore leave Arsenal otherwise this great club will continue to move in circles. Arsenal will not win the EPL again, talk less the champions league as long as Wenger remains the manager. MARK MY WORDS.

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