The North London squad remains on top of the Barclays Premier League table despite the defeat against Manchester United last weekend. Arsène Wenger and his players have had a terrific term so far with wins on both, Premier League and UEFA Champions League but they still have a long way to go if they want to end the long drought of titles they have suffered.
Matches against United, Liverpool and City are exactly the ones Arsenal cannot afford to lose if they do want to become champions. At the moment they are just two points ahead the runner-up and in a so competitive tournament as the Premier League is, two points could easily become nothing in just a week.
The arrival of Mesut Özil to the Emirates Stadium boosted Arsenal hopes (and chances) for a title. The midfield is more than covered by him along with Arteta, Cazorla and the goal-scoring marvel that is Aaron Ramsey. Do they need to spend big during the winter? I don’t think so.
Lewandowski, Llorente and even Javier Hernández (who could miss next year’s World Cup due to the meager performance of his national team) have been linked to Arsenal by the tabloids. Supposedly, the boss thinks he needs to strengthen the team’s attack and specially needs to find a partner who matches Özil’s brilliance. It is actually not a bad idea but given Arsenal’s core values and previous financial behaviour it is unlikely they will join Barça, Madrid, City and United in the high roller’s club. Only time will tell.
Let us not write off the team’s current forwards, Podolski, Bendtner and Giroud, who could regain their optimal performance to bring the Gooners closer to the much-sought English and European success.
November 12th, 2013.