Arsenal FC: 5 Reasons Why Arsenal Will Win the Premier League Next Season
Arsenal—once a club that epitomized success—is derided by opposing fans as merely a feeder club for the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and other giants. Since the hey-days of the Invincibles, Arsenal has been ridiculed for their lack of silverware, aggression in the transfer marker and the stubbornness of their manager, Arsene Wenger.
However, next year might be the season when fortunes finally turn for the club and its supporters.
Here are five reasons why.
5. Phenomenal Players: Part I
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Arsenal, unlike what most people seem to suggest, have a formidable team.
They have finally rid themselves of goal-keeping headaches, a trademark of the club ever since the days of Jens Lehmann, with a world-class keeper in Wojciech Szczęsny.
Szczęsny has been superb in goal and provides that added resilience to the Gunners.
People also easily overlook that Arsenal have three quality centre-backs in Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen.
Koscielny has evolved into a premier centre-back and has become one of the most dependable figures in Arsenal. He has been simply outstanding this season.
Mertesacker has adjusted to the pace of the Premier League, and has also provided a wealth of experience and defensive solidity.
Bacary Sagna has proven time and again to be one of the best right-backs in the world. He moves the ball well, wins aerial duels easily and is a fantastic holder of the ball. He also rarely suffers from lapses of concentration and can provide decent crosses when required.
For rotational purposes, Arsenal have the likes of Andre Santos, Johann Djourou, Kieren Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and others.
4. Phenomenal Players: Part II
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In Alex Song, Arsenal has one of the best defensive midfielders in the league after Yaya Toure and Scott Parker.
Song routinely breaks offences up and provides great cover for the back four. His runs are also exquisite, and he can pick up the occasional assist.
Mikel Arteta has been a quality signing—his crossing is impeccable, and he holds onto the ball beautifully. His set pieces are sublime. His maturity and experience along with that of Mertesacker, have been invaluable as well.
Aaron Ramsey, despite being a bit wasteful at times, is quickly establishing himself as a great midfielder. His passing is precise, as is his dribbling. His concentration does leave something to be desired and he is not a strong aerial player or clinical finisher, but his midfield play is superb.
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain has been a revelation, as we have witnessed in the handful of games he has played. Against AC Milan, during the second leg, he was the main reason Arsenal were almost able to turn the humongous deficit around.
Players like Yossi Benayoun and Tomas Rosicky also provide options for rotational policies, and Benayoun and Rosicky have been known to deliver on a consistent basis.
Arsenal also has Jack Wilshere who will be fit for next season.
Wilshere proved what a massive talent he really is when he was Arsenal’s player of the season, the PFA young player of the season, and PFA team of the year.
The roster continues to get better when you factor in both Gervinho and Theo Walcott. Gervinho cuts inside in a remarkable fashion, and his dribbling skills and passes are impressive.
Although Walcott can leave you frustrated on many occasions, he has had a splendid season thus far. He is just 22 years old.
Above all, Arsenal has the hottest striker in World Football today in Dutchman, Robin van Persie.
The lack of quality substitutes remains an issue for the Arsenal camp. Recently, it was the substitutes, or lack thereof, which cost Arsenal a quarterfinal berth in the Champions League. Running out of resources, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu Young had to be called upon.
3. Superb Manager
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Arsene Wenger still remains one of the most admired managers of all times. Arsenal sets the bar when it comes to financial matters. Their model is sound and self-sufficient and it is largely in part because of Wenger.
He was voted coach of the decade by the Institute of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), outscoring illustrious managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.
2. Summer Transfer Window
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It seems that this transfer window, Arsene Wenger will have the funds required to wreak havoc on the transfer market.
Sources indicate that Arsene will be bestowed with £55 million in funds. Given Arsene's astute dealings, you can expect a couple of quality signings which will add depth and creativity to the squad.
A quality left-back is essential and so is a backup striker to Robin van Persie.
The return of Wilshere and the presence of Arteta and Ramsey might mean Wenger won't have to go out and buy a midfielder.
1. Road to Recovery
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The recent run Arsenal went on is indicative of the sort of resiliance that can propel them back up into the upper echelon of football clubs.
They became the first club in EPL history when they came from behind to win four games in a row against Sunderland, Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Their second leg tie against AC Milan reminded fans of the Arsenal clubs of old.
After a terrible start, Arsenal sits pretty in fourth ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool. Though the Premier League title might be out of reach, third place is not.
Yes, there are odd defeats here and there, but the aforementioned victories, coupled with the club's morale and the bright future ahead, show that the Gunners truly are on the road to recovery.