"Seven years without a trophy!" "Wenger out!" "Arsenal is a sinking ship!"
These are just a few phrases you're likely to hear at the end of this campaign if Arsenal, once again, fail to win any major silverware. And though between 2005—the last trophy won being the FA Cup—and 2011 the Gunners have appeared in three major finals, as well as numerous semifinals and even some title challenges, they've continually disappointed in the "business end of the season."
And though the season, understandably so, did not start brightly for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger's men have managed to pick themselves up as of late. A string of some extremely impressive performances, one that has seen them go 10 games unbeaten, seems to finally be putting to bed some of the early season critics that suggested not only another trophyless season, but also a drop out of the "top four" of the league.
So the question remains: How is it possible that in the very season that Arsenal lose two of their best players in Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri they seem a team bound for some form of success?
This slideshow suggests four reasons why the Gunners will finally silence the critics, and end their long-standing trophy drought this year.