20 Reasons Why Arsenal Will Win the English Premier League in 2011/2012
The 2011/2012 season is coming thick and fast, and it is set to be an even more thrilling, exciting and intense campaign then the previous.
With more money, more quality and more desire, it is shaping up to be one superb nine months that follow.
After a horrific conclusion to 2010/2011, in which Arsenal's trophy absence was extended to six successive seasons, followed by a slow summer transfer window, the Gunners' will enter the 2011/2012 as long odds to secure their first English Premier League title in seven years.
Captain Cesc Fabregas is set to finally complete the inevitable £35 million move to Barcelona whilst veteran left back Gael Clichy has completed a £7 million move to Manchester City and Denilson has joined Brazilian giants Sao Paulo on loan.
However, Arsene Wenger is still only to acquire the services of Ivorian striker Gervinho from OSC Lille for £10.5 million, fans and critics are beginning to question the North London giants' chances for the coming campaign.
Fans are demanding the Frenchman implement a quality defensive signing after last season exposed the Gunners' frailty at the back. A number of quality players from all departments have been linked with the Gunners yet little is materializing despite Wenger's increased transfer budget.
However, regardless of the current situation, one can be certain Wenger will enforce some high calibre presences into his young squad. Furthermore despite the lack of belief for Arsenal's title campaign, there are many positives to establish that prove the Gunners' are as strong as ever to sufficiently challenge for the English Premier League crown.
There are a number of promising aspects which if analysed can put even the most sceptical Arsenal fan in proper light. After all, the Arsenal faithful have endured a long enough wait to see their team once again hoist a trophy to the sky in satisfaction.
So as 2011/2012 approaches, Bleacher Report discovers the 20 reasons why Arsenal can win the 2011/2012 Premier League title and give monumental relief to their fans, particularly the greying Arsene Wenger.
20. Emerging Youngsters
Since Arsene Wenger's tenure began in North London, way back in 1996, Arsenal have always boasted an exciting array of youngsters who flood their academy and reserves.
World Football has seen the emergence of Cesc Fabregas, Theirry Henry, Alexandre Song, Kolo Toure, Theo Walcott and a number of others, benefit immensely from the Frenchman genius approach to young players.
In recent seasons, the amount of young guns who have progressed from the youth and reserves squads to the first team has gradually shortened but after much nurturing, Wenger appears to have established a handful of quality youngsters who are now ready to emphatically challenge for first team honours.
Henri Lansbury has developed rapidly in the last three seasons, and had a stellar 2010/2011 campaign in which the 20-year-old recorded 23 appearances and four goal for Norwich City, with Lansbury playing an integral role in the Canaries surprise promotion to the English Premier League.
A tough, composed midfielder who possesses impressive speed and passing, the England U-21 star has drawn comparisons to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and provided Bolton to not acquire Lansbury on loan for the season in a deal for Gary Cahill, the Englishman should be a contributing part of the Arsenal first team.
Emmanuel Frimpong is another promising youngster who was destined to become a strong part of the Arsenal starting line up last season before the midfielder succumbed to a anterior cruciate ligament injury, which saw the 19-year-old miss the entire campaign.
An energetic, physical and combative presence who has been touted as the next Alexandre Song and Michael Essien, Frimpong will also play an important role for the Gunners' midfield.
Furthermore young forwards Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Benik Afobe and midfielder Connor Henderson have all been impressive in recent seasons and will be eager to enforce their presence on the Arsenal first team.
19. Experienced Contributions
Arsenal have also become notorious for their young squads which rarely boast an average age that exceeds 24. Wenger thrives with young players which has often resulted in a distinct lack of leadership at the Gunners, particurlarly in recent years.
However, that is not to say the French tactitian is tentatve to possess or use age and experience. Currently, Wenger has adequate experienced presences in his squad that will greatly aid with Arsenal's trophy challenge.
The contributions of Czech play maker Tomas Rosicky, French defender Sebastien Squillaci, Ivorian Emmanuel Eboue, provided that he remains at the Emirates and Russian dynamo Andrei Arshavin will be vital in the Gunner's desired success.
There needs to be significant rotations to noy only restrict injuries, which season after season obliterate the Gunners, and to sufficiently withstand the heavy amount of games Arsenal play.
With the UEFA Champions League and League Cup both early in the season followed by the FA Cup, potentially up to 70 games could be performed.
18. Ryo Miyaichi
The Japanese teenager was secured in January after successful trials with the Gunners, and it is fair to say Arsene Wenger has unearthed another superb gem.
Miyaichi was immediately loaned to Dutch outfit Feyenoord due to work permit issues and the need for experience. Amassing 12 appearances and three goals, the winger was a powerful force for Feyenoord, evoking comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and acquriing the nick names "Ryodinho" and the "Japanese Messi."
Allowed the partake in Arsenal's first team preseason tour of Asian, the 18-year-old has impressed further with Theo Walcott stating Miyiaichi was an amazing talent. Powerful, immensely quick and devastatingly skilful, the Japan U-19 dynamo has a glistening future and with his ability, could quickly become a starting winger for Arsenal.
Regardless, it is clear Ryo Miyaichi will play a role in Arsenal's 2010/2011 campaign, and it may just provide an edge.
17. Increased Leadership
Arsenal have always lacked a defiant leader since Patrick Vieira's departure in 2005. William Gallas never quite took to the main leadership role whilst Cesc Fabregas conveys more through performances than speech and perfection.
With the Spaniard soon to commit to European champions Barcelona, Robin van Persie will assume to captains role which will then open the door for even more leadership options.
Van Persie is a strong leader and has gained huge respect amongst the Arsenal squad and with the captains arm band it is certain the Dutchman will intensify his performances and lead from the front.
However, it is not just van Persie. After much development the Gunners' now boast an array of leaders.
Defensive leader Thomas Vermaelen managed only five appearances last season due to a persistent Achilles injury and the Belgian's return will ensure more defensive direction and general on field leadership.
Furthermore, Jack Wilshere, who is destined to become Arsenal captain in the coming years, will benefit from his first full season in 2010/2011 and will take on a more responsible, vocal role.
Aaron Ramsey was given the overwhelming role of permanent Wales captain in March, making him the youngest ever Wales captain at the age of 20 years 90 days. Ramsey has handled the role admirably which will only benefit Arsenal.
Finally Samir Nasri, despite his contract saga, is set to remain at the Emirates for at least this season and with Wenger eager to maintain the French playmaker and is set to grant the 24-year-old a strong leadership role which may be the vice captaincy.
Nasri captained Arsenal in matches last season and the added responsibility is destined to help enhance the midfielders game. Furthermore, it could become a pivotal step in the Frenchman agreeing to an extend contact at the Emirates.
None the less there is set to be a more directed Arsenal in 2011/2012.
16. Opportunity for Kieran Gibbs
Veteran left back Gael Clichy was announced as the first Arsenal departure, signing with Manchester City for £7 million. It terminated eight years and 264 appearances for the Gunners and will be always be regarded as a strong left-back.
However, the 25-year-old had endured a distinct diminish in form and reliability over recent seasons and Clichy departure opens the door for deputy Kieran Gibbs.
The Englishman has shown his ability in small doses but injuries and Clichy presence had restricted the 21-year-old who possess 50 appearances for Arsenal since 2007.
A composed and tenacious left-back, Gibbs's promise was rewarded with a call-up to the national England squad at the beginning of the recent season, highlighting the ability of the former Wimbledon youth.
Wenger is a genius at developing quality left backs. Prior to Clichy, it was Ashley Cole, who was and still is regarded as one of the best left-backs in World Football.
When the Englishman departed in 2006, it was Clichy who grasped the opportunity and thrived. Gibbs now has a similar opportunity, and many believe the England international can emulate Ashley Cole and diminish the left side defensive problems at the Gunners.
15. Carlos Vela's Development and Opportunity
Mexican young gun Carlos Vela has once again enjoyed a strong and promising pre-season evoking the thought that the 21-year-old is ready to become an integral part of the Arsenal lineup.
However, it was a similar story last season with Vela performing impressively in the preseason only to be rejected by Arsene Wenger.
2010/2011 was immensely quiet and disappointing for the sharp shooter, amassing just 12 appearances for Arsenal and three goals before a dull loan spell with West Bromwich Albion in which resulted in eight appearances and two goals.
However, Arsenal fans are well aware of the Mexico international ability.
A composed, skillful winger with sensational flair and a vicious finish, the Gunners' faithful have long been waiting for Vela to receive adequate opportunities in the Red and White.
However, with Nicklas Bendtner certain to depart and the form being conveyed during the preseason, Vela is set to receive an opportunity to enforce his presence in the Arsenal XI.
The Mexican can provide the added spark and efficiency Arsenal require up front alongside utilizing his appealing versatility to play across the forward line. Particularly with injuries so often occurring and his evident development, 2011/2012 is destined to be Carlos Vela strongest Arsenal season.
14. Strong Preseason
After nine years of traditional pre season tours of Austria, Arsene Wenger decided to shift the Gunners' 2011 pre season campaign to Asia. The North London giants arrived in Malaysia before travelling to China.
It concluded as a successful debut with Wenger's squad enjoying the rich atmosphere and different stlye of Asian football.
There were two tough encounters, the first a 4-0 victory of the Malaysia XI before an exciting 1-1 draw with Hangzhou Greentown. There was improved flow about the Gunners' at an early stage with Wenger immensely pleased with the outcome of the tour.
Arsenal have now encountered German outfit FC Cologne in a friendly which was won 2-1 by the Gunners' in a entertaining match. The traditional and much loved Emirates Cup commences with the Gunners' playing hte New York Red Bulls and Argentine giants Boca Juniors.
With Arsenal in high spirits, the Emirates Cup will provide further experience for youngster and help establish the new fluidity of the squad.
This should all prove more than useful upon entering the season, in which Arsenal have a very tough opening month, playing five games in August, encountering rivals Liverpool and Manchester United.
13. Aaron Ramsey's Return
Feb. 27, 2010. The horrific day when Arsenal beat Stoke City 3-1.
Despite this victory, the Gunners' lost young midfielder Aaron Ramsey after a precarious, mistimed challenge from Ryan Shawcross resulted in the Welsman suffering a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg.
2009/2010 had been a breakthrough season for Ramsey, who was fast becoming one of the Premier League's best midfielders.
The injury however stole eight months from the Wales international whose rapid development was immediately halted. Last season, Ramsey was forced to experience short loan spells with Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City before returning to the Arsenal first team.
A shinning light in Arsenal's second half season demise was the return of the 20-year-old, who concluded the season with eight appearances and a memorable goal against Manchester United, that secured the match.
Fully fit and enjoying a strong pre season and diminishing the lingering tentative approach that naturally arises from a serious injury, Ramsey is destined to have an emphatic season, particularly with Fabregas' certain departure.
Signed in 2008 from Cardiff City for £4.8 million as a promising 18-year-old, the midfielder has recorded 34 Premier League appearances and is touted as the best replacement as Cesc Fabregas.
Blessed with scintillating composure and a sublime passing range, Aaron Ramsey will have a big say in Arsenal success, particurlarly with his experience as the Wales national team captain.
12. Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh's Second Season Experience
Last summer, Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh were the marquee signing for Wenger. Koscielny arrived as the replacement for William Gallas, signing from French outfit Lorient FC for £10 million and the loan service of Francis Coquelin.
Chamakh on the other hand had long been touted with a move to the Emirates and possessed strong desires to grace the Red and White. The striker joined as a free agent after seven seasons with French giants Girondins de Bordeaux.
Koscielny arrived as a virtually unknown prospect having been playing second tier French football just two years prior. With the Arsenal back line enduring a large reshuffle with Mikael Silvestre, Kerrea Gilbert, Sol Campbell, Philippe Senderos and Gallas all moving on, there were high expectations and worrying views from Arsenal fans.
Thomas Vermaelen's virtually season ending ankle injury in August and the slow return of Johan Djourou ensured the Frenchman was exposed to a heavy amount of English football in the opening months of the season.
Unable to strike a commanding relationship with fellow centre half Sebastien Squillaci, Koscielny received criticism but evokes much promise with some assuring displays.
However, from December onwards, the 25-year-old formed a strong partnership with Johan Djourou and the duo became the form defensive pairing of the Premier League, conveying a heroic display in Arsenal's memorable 2-1 victory over Barcelona.
Koscielny concluded the season with 43 appearances and three goals and was arguably one of Arsenal's best player.
Despite some errors, particularly the notorious mishap with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the League Cup final, the Frenchman enjoyed a stellar debut season in World Football's toughest league and shows all the traits to become one of the best defenders in football.
With the experience of English football, Koscielny is expected to grow and grow in coming years and help eradicate the lingering defensive woes.
Marouane Chamakh began his Arsenal career emphatically, immediately mitigating early season injuries to strikers Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner. The Moroccan showed an impressive work rate up front amassing 10 goals in the opening months.
A physical and clinical presence up front, the 27-year-old was couragoues and a distinct aerial threat which added a new dimension to the Arsenal attack.
Although the Morocco captain endured a lapse in form during the second half of the season and admitted to feeling "burnt out" due to the intensity of English football, Chamakh was overall strong in his first Arsenal campaign, securing 44 goals, 11 goals and eight assist.
The striker now has a strong pre season behind him and is well aware of the requirements to the Premier League. With Nicklas Bendtner set to depart and a change in formation that acomodates two strikers rather than one set to occur, expect to see a more efficient Marouane Chamakh.
The duo experience and efforts will ultimately be pivotal to Arsenal as they cover integral position which are often hit with injuries. The pair boast strong fitness levels, and Wenger will be relying on their energy and consistency.
11. Goalkeeping Strength
2010/2011 was a disappointing season for Arsenal, but positives did emerge from the campaign. One in particular was the eradication of Arsenal long and notorious goalkeeping conundrum.
Since Jens Lehman's departure in 2008, the Gunners' had struggled with Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski defending the goal.
Both were quality keepers but lacked consistency and reliability with both having a tendency to make costly errors. Arsenal fans were certain Wenger was to implement the long awaited high calibre keeper transfer however nothing materialized as 2010/2011 commenced.
It ceased to matter though as Lukasz Fabianski overcame a slow start to convey impressive maturity and consistency in the opening months.
The Polish shot stopper, who Wenger had showed so much faith in despite his routine mistakes, was slowly becoming one of the best keepers in the Premier League before a season ending shoulder injury occurred in December.
However, this just lead to boom youngster Wojciech Szczesny receiving his long awaited opportunity.
The Polish keeper had established a strong reputation in the Arsenal academy and reserves and was touted as the future Arsenal No. 1. Szczesny thrived with the responsibility and starred until the conclusion of the season, amassing 24 appearances and nine clean sheets, only conceding 25 goals.
Currently the Arsenal number one, Szczesny is only 21 yet possess incredible maturity and composure as a keeper and impressive reactions and safe hands. Fabianski too has returned strongly and will enforce constant pressure on his countryman to perform or risk losing his position.
There is also fellow young gun Vito Mannone. The Italian has shown in his little opportunities granted by Wenger that he is a quality keeper and although injuries dominated 2010/2011, the 23-year-old still managed 10 impressive appearances on loan for Championship outfit Hull City.
A reliable and balanced shot stopper, the Italian U-21 star has the ability to become the Arsenal number one.
With three strong keepers heading into the 2011/2012 season, Wenger does not have to worry about keeping security, and although Fabianski or Mannone may experience a Premier League loan spell, there will be hot competition for the No. 1 role.
10. Defensive Experience Yet Age
The Arsenal defensive line has endured heavy criticism in recent years and is often viewed as a distinct factor in the Gunners' trophy absence. However Wenger is still tenative to implement a defensive change, believing his defenders have the ability to defend Arsenal to success.
Wenger does have a quality defensive line at his disposal:
|Right Backs||Centre Halves||Left Backs|
|Bacary Sagna||Thomas Vermaelen||Kieran Gibbs|
|Carl Jenkinson||Johan Djourou||Armand Traore|
|Emmanuel Eboue||Laurent Koscielny|
|Kyle Bartley/Ignasi Miquel (subject to loan spell)|
The previous two seasons, particularly in the centre of defence, there has been a lack of experience and leadership. However, upon entering this season, there is to an extent still some tenderness about the back line, but Arsenal have experience and leadership alongside the ideal combination of old and young.
Although it may appear there is vulnerability on the left flank, Gibbs and Traore have both had full seasons in the Premier League and Thomas Vermaelen is capable of fulfilling the left back role.
Bacary Sagna is regarded as one of the best right backs in World Football whilst Johan Djourou showed emphatic signs last season and is currently boasting superb fitness whilst young defenders Kyle Bartley and Ignasi Miguel are promising prospect and can perform if required.
Furthermore, Arsenal fans are well aware of the amazing ability Thomas Vermaelen possesses.
Many will argue a new, quality presence needs to be enforce but regardless there is still sufficient depth and quality for the Gunners' to succeed. The main reason for last years failures was that certain injuries that occurred.
Nonetheless, expect a stronger, rejuvenated defensive line in 2011/2012.
9. Gervinho's Arrival
There is little over a month left in the Arsenal transfer window, but fortunately, Arsene Wenger has made at
least one signing. The acquisition of Ivorian striker Gervinho from OSC Lille for €11 million. The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2010/2011 and was superb and integral as Lille achieved their first French Ligue 1 title in 57 years alongside the Coupe de France.
The striker managed 53 appearances and 18 goals alongside 10 assists.
The Ivory Coast international has been at Arsenal for barely a month yet has already made an instant impact. Gervinho starred in the recent friendly against FC Cologne, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes to ensure a 2-1 victory for the Gunners.
A quick, versatile forward who is blessed with admirable strength and composure, the former Le Mans striker is evasive and efficient and can provide Arsenal with the lacking clinical edge they desire.
What is most appealing for Arsenal fans is that Gervinho only wanted to join Arsenal and has already stated his joy at arriving at the Emirates alongside his desire to succeed to the full extent in North London.
Whilst the likes Samir Nasri debate over Arsenal's stature, Gervinho is a devoted member who has been touted as a potential Thierry Henry.
The Ivorian has the ability to conclude his debut season in the top scorers' bracket and due to his natural game thriving under Arsenal style of play, Gervinho is one to watch in 2011/2012.
8. Underdog Status
Although there is the lingering burden of sixth successive trophy absent seasons upon Arsenal's head, the Gunners' do enter 2011/2012 as somewhat underdogs. Critics, rival teams and betting odds will have to a degree written off the North London giants as main contenders for the English Premier League crown.
The lack of transfer activity, last seasons inability, Fabregas impending departure and the calls that Wenger is well past his prime will undoubtedly had a bearing on this portrayal. However, this could greatly work in Arsenal favours as their rivals endure heavy expectations.
Liverpool, who have now failed to secure UEFA Champions League qualification for the past two seasons, have spend big in recent months.
Last January, the Reds acquired Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Dutch giants Ajax for £22.8 million and imposing forward Andy Carrol from Newcastle for £35 million in January.
This summer, Kenny Daglish has secured the services of England winger Stewart Downing for £20 million, young midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £16 million and Scottish international Charlie Adam from Blackpool for £7 million.
Strong and quality signings no doubt but fans and Liverpool board members will be expecting quick results from the Reds, and the mass arrival could take time to find fruition.
Chelsea will also feel the heat. After the Blues disappointing 2010/2011, the board sacked Carlo Ancelotti and have signed André Villas-Boas as the new manager.
The Portuguese tactician lead FC Porto to a Portuguese League title and a UEFA Cup triumph but immediate success will be expected. Furthermore, Chelsea boast an ageing squad which many believe could affect the Blues late on.
Manchester City have the expectation to continue their rise after finishing third in 2010/2011. However can the Sky Blues handle the intensity and pressure of UEFA Champions League football alongside the departure of heroic captain Carlos Tevez?
Finally Manchester United have also spent big with the Ashley Young signing from Aston Villa for £25 million, keeper David De Gea for £18 million from Atletico Madrid and Blackburn youngster Phil Jones for £14 million. Big money signings who will also be expected to perform.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side also have the expectation to maintain their EPL crown but have to deal with the retirements of legendary keeper Edwin van der Sar and midfielder Paul Scholes which could result in lack of direction and leadership.
Arsenal on the other hand can enter 2011/2012 with the sole focus on the agenda being the need for the Premier League crown and little else.
7. Jack Wilshere
The 2010/2011 PFA Young Player of the Year alongside the Arsenal Player of the Year and a place in the PFA Team of the Year, complemented by a permanent place in the England national side.
Yes, it was a stellar first full season in the Arsenal first team for teenage sensation Jack Wilshere.
The young midfielder cemented his position in the Arsenal XI from preseason and failed to look back, amassing 49 appearances, two goals and nine assists.
Conveying impressive maturity and composure in the midfield, Wilshere thrived in a more deep lying play maker role, displaying traits of sublime movement, speed and an incisive passing range.
Touted as a future Arsenal captain and boasting a long term contract with the Gunners', Wilshere is a devoted player whose added responsibility and experience this campaign will be vital.
Already considered one of the Premier League's best midfielders, the 19-year-old will begin to boss the Arsenal midfield with Fabregas's certain departure.
Currently ruling the Arsenal preseason fixtures, Jack Wilshere is on the path to become the best midfielder in World Football.
6. Depth to Deal With Injuries
Last season the distinct lack of depth was a main factor in Arsenal's demise. Defensively, Arsenal struggled due to injuries and the midfield possessed a large amount of calibre from the starters to the fringe players.
However, with players enjoying rapid development and gained exeprience, there is an evident increase in depth which should adequately cover the endless injuries that obliterate Arsenal each season.
Upon looking at Arsenal's squad it is clear that should injuries occur, there are no exucuses to Wenger's squad being unable to succeed.
|Wojciech Szczesny||Thomas Vermaelen||Cesc Fabregas*||Robin van Persie|
|Lukasz Fabianski||Johan Djourou||Jack Wilshere||Marouane Chamakh|
|Vito Mannone||Laurent Koscielny||Alexandre Song||Gervinho|
|Manuel Almunia*||Sebastien Squillaci||Abou Diaby||Carlos Vela|
|Kyle Bartley/Ignasi Miguel*||Aaron Ramsey||Andrei Arshavin|
|Bacary Sagna||Henri Lansbury||Theo Walcott|
|Carl Jenkinson||Tomas Rosicky||Ryo Miyaichi|
|Emmanuel Eboue*||Emmanuel Frimpong||Jay Emmanuel-Thomas|
|Kieran Gibbs||Conor Henderson||Nicklas Bendtner*|
|Armand Traore||Samir Nasri|
5. Desire and Mentality
After coming so close last season to breaking their notorious trophy drought, the desire to succeed will have greatly intensified and with the experience the young squad gained in 2010/2011, it will combine to have Arsenal attempting at all cost to relieve their fans of the silverware absence.
Six years since Arsenal last achieved success, the FA Cup in 2005. The players and ability is there, all that is missing is the desire and the mentality.
Wenger can ill afford draws in which opponents barely touch the ball, yet Arsenal cannot finish, losses from 2-0 ahead and needless mistakes that ultimately lose a final and unravel the whole season.
Wenger is a smart manager with smart players, and the Frenchman is well aware that it is do or die for Arsenal.
4. Arsene Wenger's Reputation
The manager who established Arsenal as a dominant footballing giant in England and Europe. The man who holds the historic feat of taking a team through a season of Premier League football and failing to succumb to defeat.
The man who established Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie, Lauren, the list is endless.
Yet in six seasons, his Arsenal side has failed to recapture that success, that efficiency, that toughness. There is no doubting his squads ability and fluidity.
So is Arsene Wenger the problem?
That certainly has become a debate in recent years with the Frenchman enduring a diminish in reputation and integrity in recent years.
There is no denying what the Arsenal manager has achieved is legendary, historic and in some case potentially impossible, but another trophy silent season for the Gunners' and all will agree Arsene Wenger has to depart.
However, the Frenchman is well aware of the conundrum at hand, and one can be certain Arsene Wenger will to everything his intelligent footballing mind can to ensure silveware returns to North London.
3. Competition for Starting Places
It has thoroughly been well documented how Arsenal have an increased depth about them which can greatly aid the usual injury woes that taunt the Gunners.
However, no one in the Arsenal squad is a certain starter for 2011/2012, and with Wenger possessing a wide array of players to choose from, one must grasp their opportunity at once.
Every position is tightly contested, Bacary Sagna may argue that, and if one does not perform than Wenger has to be ruthless and demote the struggling members.
If Arsenal are to succeed, there needs to be a constant pressure in each position.
Gael Clichy had little pressure on him during his recent seasons as Arsenal left back and it resulted in a significant lapse in form and calibre.
Fortunately, every position is compacted with quality, and as the season approaches, it is still impossible to envision who will start the first game for Arsenal.
2. Overpowering Rivals
More and more teams are thriving on multi-million investments, all the top teams are securing quality services this Summer, Arsenal have been engulfed with key players threatening to depart.
From the exterior, it would appear the Gunners' are steadily falling down in the level of English football as their rivals begin to surge away.
Manchester City finished above the Gunners' in 2010/2011. Liverpool have one of their best line ups in the past decade.
Manchester United will continue their dominance with Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, and Chelsea still possess an incredible amount of money ensuring if necessary, they can acquire the biggest names.
There is all the making for Arsenal to drop down should success not materialize at the Emirates. Wenger will be well aware of this factor which should only empower and inspire the Gunners' further.
1. All Hell Will Break Loose If They Do Not
Arsenal fans have a reputation for getting annoyed and frustrated with their players. In December 2008, the Arsenal faithful notoriously booed Emmanuel Eboue for a lacklustre performance against Wigan Athletic, despite Arsenal being victorious 1-0.
After six seasons now, the Gunners' fan have done a mighty job to remain composed and calm, not reacting poorly to the near and should be success that has occurred.
Wenger's constant inability to spend big in transfer markets, the aerial frailty of the defence, the goalkeeping conundrum, injury and refereeing woes, it has not been easy for Arsenal fans.
So if the Gunners' manage to go seven seasons without silverware, surely the fuse will ignite, and all hell will break loose in North London.
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