Theo Walcott has become the latest Arsenal star to talk up the club’s chances of winning the Premier League title and other silverware by the end of May.
The Gunners have made a fantastic start to the season with a trio of wins following defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the campaign, along with impressive runs of form for several first team players, which has created a wave of optimism.
“I think we'll push on and we can definitely challenge this year, for sure. There is so much belief in this team at the moment and I think it's showing. We just need to make sure we get that home form going now,” said Walcott.
However, Arsenal’s title challenge depends on them overcoming several obstacles.
Arsenal have one of the worst injury lists in the Premier League at the moment which have stretched certain positions in the side.
It’s something Arsene Wenger needs to manage very carefully because if someone like Olivier Giroud picks up a bad knock on the next game, there is no obvious choice to step in and replace him.
Sooner or later a side is going to come up with a system that prevents Arsenal from playing, choking them into a poor result.
Wenger needs to be able to reinvent the side and the tactics he uses when these challenges come along because otherwise, the results will dip once teams start to work Arsenal out.
Belief is something that ties in with that point about tactics because at the moment, as Walcott says, confidence is sky high at the club.
A couple of bad results will change that, denting the current belief that the quad seems to have in abundance.
Chelsea is the perfect example. Belief was sky high when Mourinho returned to the club and it’s taken a hit following a couple of poor performances.
The winter brings the January transfer window and any side competing for the title will consider strengthening in that month.
Arsenal need to take the opportunity to enhance their own squad, keeping themselves in a good position because the title could well be hanging in the balance after the winter period, where a new prolific signing could make the difference.
The winter is also challenging in terms of the fixture list with no winter break in the Premier League straining Arsenal’s squad.
The Big Games
The title is often decided by the big games and how the top sides play against each other.
Arsenal played well to get the better of Tottenham in the North London derby but it’s how they play against Chelsea, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs which will go a long way to showing us whether they have a Premier League title within them.
What do you think? What’s Arsenal’s greatest obstacle to overcome?
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