The one question Arsenal must answer to win the Premier League title

With just a week to go until the start of the Premier League season, Arsenal will be hoping to mount a title challenge.

The Gunners have now got their trophy hoodoo out of the way having clinched the FA Cup final with a 3-2 win over Hull City at Wembley in May, and fans will be hoping for more silverware this season having gone almost nine years without one until recently.

Manager Arsene Wenger couldn't sustain Arsenal's title challenge last season, ending up settling for fourth place again, and expectations have increased this time around after the signing of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, as well as the likes of David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.

With a title challenge now expected, what question do Arsenal have to answer in order to win the Premier League title?

Can Arsenal beat the big boys?

Last season, the Gunners struggled massively against the other big sides in the Premier League. Their combined record against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham and Manchester United read; played 12, won three, drew four, lost five, scored eight, conceded 25. It was their record against the teams around them that ultimately cost them in the Premier League title race – and subsequently earned them the tag of 'flat track bullies'.

In order to truly demonstrate that they can be Premier League title winners once again, Arsenal must start to take points off their rivals – and within the first six games of the season, the Gunners face off against Everton away, as well as Manchester City and Tottenham at home.

Those games will set the tone for the season; come out with two wins or more and fans will start to believe that this is a different Arsenal side; an Arsenal side that can beat the best in their pursuit of silverware.

However, lose one or even two, and the same criticisms from last season will be fired in Wenger and Arsenal's direction. The additions of Sanchez and Debuchy should certainly help them in big games alongside existing stars Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, whilst Ospina and Chambers provide depth that Arsenal will need to sustain a challenge over the course of the season.

Ultimately though, it's the results against their title rivals which will define Arsenal's season - and they must improve on last season's record.

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