Arsenal started the season well, and with the aid of £42.4m record signing Mesut Ozil’s early season brilliance, there was a real feel-good factor around the Emirates as they topped the Premier League table.
Since the turn of the year, however, injuries in key areas and a loss of form to key players has hindered the Gunners – resulting in a Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich and slipping out of the title-race.
Despite Arsenal’s recent decline, there still remains cause for optimism as the Gunners have an imminent trip to Wembley to face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals and they are well on course to beating last season’s points total of 73.
Whichever way you look at it, Arsenal have improved and they are sure-fire favourites to end their nine-year trophy drought.
In an interview reported by The Mirror, club captain Thomas Vermaelen has noted the Gunners’ improvements and has pinpointed their incredible team spirit as making the difference.
He said: “The spirit is unbelievable in the team. We’ve worked a lot on our team shape and everybody knows their role in the team, everybody’s working for each other and that’s because there is a great team spirit. That’s the great improvement for us this season.”
“It is just the hunger in the team. Of course it was there before but the spirit is great and you can see us fighting for each other really hard.”
With just six games remaining, Arsene Wenger will be counting on his side’s togetherness to finally end their trophy drought as well as securing yet another season in Europe’s elite competition the Champions League.
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