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Why Arsenal Will Not Win the Premier League

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29:   Manuel Almunia of Arsenal gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 29, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Samuel MensahAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2009

The league is about strength and consistency, always was and always will be. Whatever team has one the league has had this as a basis and then used the added quality to step over the line in 1st in what is a marathon of a competition.

Arsenal are a weaker team than they were when they missed out with months to go after leading the the league, which is now two seasons ago. Less players, less leadership, less everything. You can't use the excuse that players are maturing because surely players in other teams are doing the same thing except their clubs are acquiring more players and better talent. Whilst Arsenal sell and buy less and wait for immaturity to finally flourish.

Starting in goal is a keeper who should never be No. 1, ask yourself this was he better than Lehmann over a period of time? No. Lehmann's mouth and two bad games cost him his place and the rest is history although I would still personally have him in goal just like David James continues to guard goal.

Almunia is obviously not mentally strong and his positioning in almost every game is suspect not to mention his stupid decisions. He is a very good No. 2 but he should not be the last line of defence. Manninger was as good as him!

No replacement for Adebayor is shocking! Tell me one player in Arsenal who can score 30 goals a season as an out and out striker?

I don't like to say I told you so but Rosicky? He will never be the same. Diaby? A good player but that own goal is unforgivable (he wasn't challenged, his eyes were closed, it was just very poor) and even worse was the way he capitulated for the rest of the game.

Arsenal still do not have the mental strength or the squad to win the league. Maybe a cup but definitely not the league.

We battered Manchester United left, right, and centre and still managed to lose, Chelsea would have won that game with two chances, not because of quality but because of experience and belief.

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