Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to guide his young Gunners to Premier League glory this season. Many had written off their chances following their second defeat in as many games against Chelsea. This followed a humbling at the hands of Manchester United.
But the horizon looked rosier a few days later, as the Gunners beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium and both Chelsea and United stumbled in their respective fixtures.
This resulted in chunks of the media saying that Arsenal were ‘back in the race’, but the reality is, Arsenal were never out of the race.
That might seem a strange conclusion, before the midweek fixtures, Arsenal were nine points behind Chelsea and seven behind United. These gaps have closed to six and five points respectively.
The landscape can change quite quickly if Arsenal were to drop points, but this in itself shows the fickle nature of judging contenders based on a weekly analysis of the gap between rivals. How can the gap be too big one week yet surmountable the next?
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Arsenal can be contenders for the title this season.