This season has arguably been Arsene Wenger, and in turn Arsenal FC's, most trying season yet.
After losing the dynamic midfield duo of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, it seemed the Gunners were on the verge of collapse, as they were set to start the new season without some of their most important stars. And though the wounds of losing players as important as the above two would never be easy to heal, the French tactician Wenger decided to look for replacements internally as opposed to diving into the transfer market.
The early results, though, turned out to be nothing short of disastrous. After an embarrassing mauling at the hands of one-time bitter title rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford—a game in which they lost 8-2—it seemed the Gunners were finally destined to finish outside the top four. Arsene Wenger's illustrious record of 14 straight UEFA Champions League qualifications was being threatened for the first legitimate time in his career.
Fast-forward the clock to the current time, and the mood now is significantly different.
After finding themselves dangerously close to the relegation zone with five games played, Arsenal have now managed to find a decent run of form, one which has propelled them to seventh place in the league. They now find themselves level on points crosstown rivals Chelsea and big summer spenders Liverpool.
But can the Gunners stay competitive and once again secure a top-four finish? Can Arsene Wenger continue his proud tradition of 14 straight continental qualifications?
Find out on this slideshow highlighting the key reasons Arsenal still have a strong chance of finishing in the top four!