Giggs right in analysis of Arsenal's success

Ryan Giggs has patently admitted that Arsenal deserve to sit atop the table due to a unique evenness in north London.

The 39-year-old has been around a few campaigns himself, and it seems to reason that at this point in his career he may know what it takes to bring home silverware come May.

Thirteen Premier League titles, not to mention a score of other accolades both personal and collective, along with a top-flight tenure that predates the Premier League itself serve as a testament to the Welshman’s understanding of what goes into a campaign destined for glory.

Manchester United’s defence of last season’s crown certainly hasn’t gone to plan under David Moyes, leaving Arsenal soaring at the head of the class after a summer of absolute tumult at the Emirates that did nothing to foretell the story of the coming term.

And for Giggs, everything comes down to consistency.

“Only Arsenal – who are up there and deserve to be up there - have shown consistent form,” he told TalkSport.

“It’s been a crazy season, we need to hang in there when we’re not playing at our brilliant best and get a run together.

“The team that does that will have a great chance of winning league.”

The veteran midfielder is quite right about steadiness in a team’s displays on the pitch being the most important attribute around, as despite the Gunners having fallen to defeat at the hands of the Red Devils just a fortnight ago, what has come after has said more about the clubs’ title credentials than the result at Old Trafford.

For Arsene Wenger’s men, the past weekend represented a return to business as usual with a clean sheet win over a dangerous Southampton side. Artur Boruc may have handed Olivier Giroud the opener with an equally disastrous and inexplicable series of attempts to round the Frenchman in his own penalty area, but one would be hard-pressed to contend that Arsenal weren’t worth their victory in a comprehensively professional performance.

Yet over in south Wales, United’s frailties at the back reared their ugly head once more as Moyes’ charges were denied a fourth victory on the bounce at the death by Cardiff City.

The loss served to break up any measure of consistency the reigning champions were finally adopting, halting a streak of triumphs that had done wonder in counteracting a dismal start, and brought about just the issue Giggs has spoken on as the difference between Arsenal and United this term.

As the table-toppers climbed right back into the saddle after tasting defeat in the league for the first time since opening day, the Old Trafford outfit couldn’t build further on a mini-run of success and immediately gave two precious points back that had been earned on the eve of the international break.

November is of course too early to be calling the race for the Premier League in any club’s favour, or indeed ruling out a repeat from United, but it remains no secret why Arsenal sit at the top of the pile with nearly a third of the fixture list gone.

And should the mental fragility that United finally looked to be leaving behind continue to loom in the background whilst Arsenal take all opportunities to right previous wrongs, it will be the latter of the two clubs that Giggs’ open statement will have tipped to have “a great chance at winning the league” when the closing overtures of the season come to fruition in the spring.

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