Is this the time when Arsenal become serious contenders?

Arsene Wenger Retrospective

Arsenal fans and rival fans alike have been asking the same question for years, ‘when will Arsenal win the league?’. It’s been followed by the same cycle: inconsistent performances, a strong run at the end of the season, followed by letdowns in the summer transfer market. However, this season may actually be different. Wenger bought early last summer, purchasing Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for around £30 million. Xhaka is the type of player Arsenal fans have been screaming for, a deep lying playmaker who can defend the back four while playing long balls to his forwards. While Shkodran Mustafi is quickly forming a formidable partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

Wenger also signed Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, a move that confused many, however, he had impressed in his last season, racking up 17 goals, including one against Barcelona. A striker, a defensive midfielder who can pass, and a talented, young centerback were enough to keep fans appeased. Although Arsenal were humiliated by Liverpool early in the season, with the return of key players like Ozil and Koscielny, and the impressive performances of Mustafi and Xhaka, it seems Wenger might have finally learnt his lesson.


The Gunners are now unbeaten in their last seven games, including a 1-1 draw away at the Parc de Princes against PSG and a resounding 3-0 victory against Chelsea in the league. Although it is still early in the season, there are impressive signs. Theo Walcott is arguably playing some of the best football of his career, and although many will argue that’s it come too late, any production from him eases the pressure on Sanchez to score goals. Speaking of the Chilean, he may have come in for some criticism already this season but recently he has played very well. As always his work rate is outstanding but instead of being confined to the wing, he now can exert that pressure on the centrebacks, a la his goal against Chelsea. New signings Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi seemed to have fitted in very quickly, especially the latter. It seems Laurent Koscielny finally has a viable partner at the back. Lastly, academy product, Alex Iwobi is playing like an experienced veteran. He drops into  space well and provides Arsenal with another number 10.

So far so good for Wenger’s men. The Frenchman has splashed the cash and has the team playing well. Yes, there will probably be an injury crisis sooner or later but with Arsenal’s newfound depth, the team should be more capable of coping with it. You never know, this may finally be our year.

Written by Zeaad Shawket

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