The Premier League may have taken a few days off in favour of the FA Cup, but it returns with a bang this week, and continues to look like being the closest-run race for many years.
With just two points separating the top three – and none of them showing any signs of letting up – we could be facing an exciting (and nerve-shredding) run-up to May.
But while some believe the spending power and strength-in-depth of Manchester City and Chelsea will see one of those two sides ultimately lift the trophy, one former Arsenal player believes the Gunners will finish the season as champions.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, Thierry Henry said the arrival of Mesut Ozil and the experience of Arsene Wenger could be the difference between success and another summer of disappointment.
“They have more experience now,” the Frenchman said. “They all get one more year, and there’s obviously the arrival of Mesut Ozil – that was very important for the club.
And on the prospect of January arrivals, Henry said, “The boss knows best. But I don’t know if Arsenal needs to buy or not, only he can answer that. But all I can say to you is that the squad they have right now is pretty efficient.”
They certainly are, with their campaign to date proving that Wenger does indeed know best.
But all concerned with the Gunners will be hoping a lack of January arrivals is not the reason they fall short come May, given Wenger’s reluctance – or should that be prudence? – not to be drawn on his transfer plans.
The name of Julian Draxler continues to be mentioned, and fans will know by the close of business on Friday whether all the headlines have been prophetic or little more than a tease. But Henry for one believes his former team have what it takes to succeed without the young German, at least for now.
“They are still somehow keeping up the pace in the Premier League,” he said. “And every time they have been in a situation where they have to answer back Man City and Chelsea, they have done it.”
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