Ahead of the new campaign, all the talk has been about the Gunners’ title aspirations following their excellent Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
The North Londoners downed the Blues 1-0, yet what really caught the eye was their solid defence display and superb tactical awareness up against a rival who for so long has gotten the better of them.
Writing in his blog for The Sun, Arsenal hero Ian Wright believes his former side have the quality to overcome their opponents but more importantly the maturity and tactical discipline to win titles.
“If Sunday’s Community Shield proved one thing to me, it was that we will see a different Arsenal this season. One that finally has the maturity to go all the way once again,” Wright explained.
“I genuinely believe Arsenal can beat everyone at home, and I am equally convinced they now have the discipline to nick a result when the chips are down.”
Signs of a potential winner
When taking a look at past Premier League champions, they all have two things in common: excellent attacking ability and tactical discipline to get the job done.
Chelsea showed all the traits needed to be a champion last season, such as ruthlessly beating Everton 6-3 to grinding out a 1-0 win over a direct rival in Manchester United.
The Gunners have long had the ability to accomplish the former, yet they’ve always come up short in the latter and especially against their title rivals, illustrated by their poor record against the Blues.
However, over the past eight months Arsene Wenger’s side have shown traits attributed to winners, a tactical maturity which has seen them get the better of the Manchester duo, Liverpool and now Chelsea in big-game clashes.