With Arsenal now eight factors clear on the prime of the Premier League desk, the Sports activities Mole workforce discusses whether or not they consider the Gunners will win the title.
The thrill round Arsenal continued to develop over the weekend as Mikel Arteta‘s facet secured the league double over their North London neighbors Tottenham Hotspur to maneuver eight factors clear on the prime of the Premier League desk.
It’s their greatest lead on the prime since they final clinched the title with their ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04, and with Manchester Metropolis slipping up with extra regularity than traditional and Liverpool a far cry from the workforce we’ve got seen in current seasons, there’s real perception that this might probably be Arsenal’s yr in spite of everything.
Nonetheless, the Gunners nonetheless have greater than half of their video games to play and haven’t but confronted the champions this season, so an air of warning remains to be prevalent amongst their supporters.
Right here, the sports activities mole talk about whether or not they consider Arteta’s males will get their fingers on the Premier League trophy this time period.
Arsenal do look increasingly convincing as every week goes by, and with every win – significantly vital ones just like the derby win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday – their perception, momentum and confidence will continue to grow and rising.
The Gunners have already crushed Spurs (twice), Liverpool and Chelsea this season and, whereas none of these groups have precisely loved stellar campaigns themselves, they’re large scalps nonetheless.
That stated, they haven’t but crushed some other workforce presently within the prime 4 and, with each Manchester golf equipment to come back within the subsequent month, along with an FA Cup tie with Manchester Metropolis, it might be a make-or-break month for Mikel Arteta’s facet.
Arsenal groups of the previous have crumbled round this time of yr and most are ready for it to occur once more; it has not occurred to date, however with these tough video games it’s nonetheless a bit too early to make any cast-iron judgments.
It is usually necessary to keep in mind that we’re nonetheless not even midway by means of the season, and the World Cup break signifies that being prime in mid-January doesn’t carry fairly as a lot weight this yr because it has in earlier years, even with an eight -point lead.
Arsenal have to date answered just about each query that has been requested of them and so they have earned the suitable to be spoken about as title candidates – in all probability even title favorites with their vital eight-point lead and Manchester Metropolis properly off their traditional commonplace.
Nonetheless, with a good distance nonetheless to go, a lot of disciplinary flashpoints which counsel some stress is already attending to the gamers and the supervisor, and their hardest matches nonetheless forward of them, at this level I’d nonetheless be backing Man Metropolis to raise the title.
Ought to Arsenal beat the champions on the Emirates on February 15, although, I could start to alter my thoughts.
Oliver Thomas, Senior Reporter
Understandably, Arsenal followers are starting to consider that they will go on to win their first Premier League title because the ‘Invincibles’ triumph 19 years in the past. Dropping simply one in all their 18 league video games to date is a large achievement and Mikel Arteta deserves all of the plaudits that come his approach.
Nonetheless, sustaining their robust run of type within the second half of the season could also be a tall order. Apart from presumably Newcastle United, the Gunners are but to have their blip in type this time period and that may certainly come at some stage between now and Might.
Squad depth in sure areas can be a slight trigger for concern. Within the goalless draw in opposition to Newcastle, Arteta had restricted choices on his bench to come back on and alter the sport for his facet, and so they in the end dropped two factors. Lacking out on Mykhaylo Mudryk is a blow and failing to bolster their squad this month could come again to hang-out them.
As well as, Arsenal’s nearest challengers are a facet with huge title-race expertise, profitable 4 of the final 5 top-flight titles, and who boast arguably one of many greatest-ever Premier League squads – Manchester Metropolis.
Pep Guardiola‘s males have picked up extra factors at this stage of the season (39) in comparison with the 2013-14 and 2020-21 campaigns (38) after they went on to raise the title on each events. In addition they clawed again an eight-point hole with simply six video games remaining to win the 2011-12 title on objective distinction on the expense of rivals Manchester United, so the Residents have purpose to be optimistic with 20 video games nonetheless to play.
If they will put collectively one in all their beautiful profitable runs like they’ve executed in earlier title-winning campaigns, Man Metropolis may pip Arsenal to the publish.
Joel Lefevre, Reporter
All through the Premier League marketing campaign, I really feel as if everybody had written off Arsenal saying that their glowing type would ultimately quiet down.
With 20 matches remaining and an eight-point cushion the Gunners profitable the title is wanting fairly potential.
Nonetheless, I am not able to crown them champions simply but, as I’ve seen how Man Metropolis at all times flip it on domestically within the second half of the marketing campaign, plus the Gunners nonetheless should face them twice.
There’s additionally an in-form Man United squad upcoming, so the stress will mount within the coming weeks, but when Arsenal can preserve their eight-point lead by mid-February after their dwelling outing with the Residents then I’d be keen to lock them up because the Premier League winners.
For the second although I’m going to stay with Man Metropolis as a result of whereas it is uncommon to see them going through a deficit on the prime of the desk, they’ve been within the must-win place many a occasions over earlier campaigns and by no means blinked. I am unsure what number of of those Gunners will reply to that form of stress.
Andrew Delaney, Reporter
No, there are nonetheless 20 video games left to play for them and Man Metropolis, and the champions have come again from even larger deficits earlier than.
Arsenal nonetheless should face Metropolis twice and that might be a six-point swing in Metropolis’s favour, whereas no facet in world soccer are as succesful at occurring lengthy profitable streaks than Pep Guardiola’s facet.
This Arsenal workforce are usually not accustomed to the stress that comes with each sport as soon as it will get to the ultimate few weeks of a title race marketing campaign and their potential to take care of that will probably be closely examined.