In the 2014-15 season, Arsenal were never real title contenders but were always a team that proved hard to beat. It was evident that some changes were needed in the summer to make the team world beaters. But the manager Arsene Wenger had other ideas. He had utmost faith in his squad and his summer transfer activities highlighted the fact.
He bought in Petr Cech from Chelsea to strengthen his defense and that was all he did in the transfer market. Pundits and fans were not really happy with his decision to not sign any players in the out-field but come October, Arsenal look a completely different side.
They started the Premier League campaign with a horrible loss to West Ham but have ever since lost only one other game and that at the Stamford Bridge. The defense which looked like the weak link for the team has settled in well and the first choice pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Metersacker have given the team a solid base at the back.
Hector Bellerin has been one of the brightest players for the club so far this season. His pace down the flank and his ability to read the game at the back has give Wenger’s team a lot of confidence going forward. Francis Coquelin has also done no harm to his reputation as a holding mid-fielder as he often throws himself trying to control the game in the mid-field.
But the biggest difference this season has been the quality up front. Wenger lost Danny Welbeck fairly early in the sesaon and has given Theo Walcott a chance to lead the team up front as a striker. The pacey winger has adapted to his new role pretty well and has pushed Olivier Giroud to the bench.
Walcott’s pace and his confidence on the ball has often given the Arsenal mid-field a mobile option up front which has allowed the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to find space in the final third. The German International Mesut Ozil has also been in sizzling form as he has found his range of passing in the last few games.
Alexis Sanchez has been in dream form and has been scoring consistently for the Gunners. Their biggest league victory was against Manchester United at home when they thrashed them 3-0 in an almost perfect display of football. But their European Campaign has been far from comfortable.
Arsenal started their campaign with two losses from two games but their last game against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates has shown why Arsenal are to be considered serious title contenders this season.
They were spot on with their tactics on the day as they beat the German giants 2-0. The clean sheet against a club of that stature will surely give any club a lot of confidence and will do wonders to Wenger’s side.
After two consecutive FA cup victories, Arsene Wenger and the club’s fans will be hoping that the club raises the bar this season and fight for the title. It is funny how at the start of the season, Wenger’s side were not real favorites for the title but the way they have improved over the last few weeks, it is safe to say that they are not too far away from a title winning season.
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