It’s been ten long years since the incredible Arsenal “Invincibles” side. Since then they have not won the league. It is somewhat fitting then, that on the tenth anniversary of that extraordinary triumph, the Gunners have their best opportunity of reclaiming the title. So, what has transformed Arsenal from perennial runners-up into genuine title contenders?
In recent years the Arsenal back four has always been their weakest link, but this season it has become the tightest in the league. No side has conceded as few goals as Arsenal’s tally of 19. The central pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has proven to be a massive stumbling block for opposition attack. Arsenal have never lost a game in which both defenders have played the full 90 minutes. Together they are the perfect defensive melange; Mertesacker provides aerial ability while Koscielny reads the game brilliantly. Behind these two is Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish goalkeeper has excelled this season and has put questions about his reliability to bed. For the first time since the 2003-04 season Arsenal are strung in the key defensive areas.
Arsene Wenger’s philosophy of buying players for the future has actually started to pay dividends. Kieran Gibbs has established himself as a solid left-back, and will be knocking at Roy Hodgson’s door for a place in the World Cup squad. Midfielder Aaron Ramsay has been a revelation, providing six assists and eight goals in the league. He was an early front-runner for the player of the year award, while Jack Wilshire has put last season behind him and is playing some remarkable football. The point is Arsenal’s kids have grown up. They are repaying Wenger’s faith and are now playing like men, and this is why Arsenal are third favourites in the best football betting odds with Titan Bet to win the league.
The long awaited opening of the chequebook finally occurred this summer when Wenger splashed out £42million on Mesut Ozil, a player of genuine quality who has helped no end to transform Arsenal into genuine title contenders and one who is bound to hold the attention this summer of World Cup football betting fans. With seven assists in the league, the Gunners finally have someone who can create chance after chance for forward Olivier Giroud, who has scored nine league goals and is a Titan Bet outsider for top goal scorer.
However, somewhat controversially, you can argue that Mathieu Flamini was just as important as Ozil. Flamini has provided Arsenal with some real grit in midfield. They have lacked a combative midfielder since Alex Song departed to Barcelona. In summary, Wenger’s signings have been the catalyst to the Arsenal resurgence. In Ozil they finally have a world class player, and in Flamini they have a battler in the middle of the park, something they have sorely missed.
All that is missing is another forward. If Giroud gets injured there is only Nicklas Bendtner in reserve. Could you imagine if the Gunners had managed to land Luis Suarez in the summer? If Wenger manages to bring in another striker then the Gunners could easily end their long awaited search for a title.