Have Arsenal shown champion pedigree?

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Their past few results would typically have people talking about whether Arsenal can outdo Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the race for the crown.

Some may have been quickly writing Arsenal off a few weeks ago as their run of form resulted in them being knocked off the top of the table, but with three wins on the bounce the Gunners have returned to the Premier League summit.

Though the lead may not be as handsome as it once was with Manchester City and Chelsea in hot pursuit of Arsene Wenger’s men, the wins they have picked up have been massive.

Three games, three wins – but it’s not just the wins, it’s the way they have won those games that may encourage Arsenal supporters. On paper, West Ham United, Newcastle and Cardiff should yield at least seven points if they want to be serious title contenders.

They were seven points clear, but a loss to Manchester City and home draws against Everton and Chelsea meant they dropped to second, and at 1-0 down to West Ham United – there were those who thought there was potential for a slide.

But they dug a result out at Upton Park by coming from behind, dug out a result in a very difficult away trip against Newcastle courtesy of an Olivier Giroud header, whilst leaving it late against Cardiff City at home, meaning they keep the momentum going and sit a point clear in pole position in the title race.

The past three results could be looked back on at the end of the season as crucial to the outcome of the Gunners season – some will have viewed it as champion's spirit. The added factor that Giroud, the Gunners’ first choice striker missed out through injury, and Arsenal still found a way to win is also a big factor. It may not have been in the pretty style that Arsenal or renowned for, but as long as it's another three points on the board then that's all that matters. 

Some will call it the hallmark of Champions, some will say it is what Arsenal have missed since they last won the title in 2004, the ability to grind out results against sides when they are not playing well.

And from what was a little run of form which you could say was stuttering, the fact they have dug three big results out over the festive period to leave them on top should give Arsenal fans reason to dream.

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