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Arsenal has every chance of finishing the season with the best defense in the EPL.
Such an idea was quite frankly unthinkable during the last few seasons.
The Gunners currently have the fourth-best defense in the league, thanks to the tweaks made by new assistant manager Steve Bould. Arsenal's 18 goals conceded stand only behind Manchester City (16), Chelsea (17) and Stoke City (14).
Of these four teams, Stoke is the most likely to see a change in their fortunes as the season progresses. Tony Pulis's side has been quite stingy this season but have been pretty weak in offensively, with only 18 goals in 19 games.
They have conceded more than they have scored in the last few seasons, and despite their start, that trend won't end.
That would leave the bigger clubs vying for the best defense. If Arsenal regains the sturdiness they showed at the very beginning of the season, they could come out on top in that category.
City has been up and down in all aspects this season and have yet to see the best of Vincent Kompany.
Rafa Benitez may offer more structure for Chelsea, but given the lack of work-rate in some of their attacking players, their defense will face plenty of pressure.