We are already four games into the Premier League’s 2019-2020 edition, with last season’s champions Liverpool claiming four wins.
However, while The Reds and The Citizens are among the top favourites for winning this season’s title, the eyes of millions of fans are turned towards The Gunners who are still struggling with an EPL drought.
Will This Be Arsenal’s Season?
Just recently the team ended in a draw against it’s biggest rival Tottenham with Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho telling Sky Sports that he believes his team will finish ahead of its historic rival and right behind Man City and Liverpool.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese coach was praiseful of Arsenal’s gameplay which led the team to overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half.
Speaking about The Gunner’s attacking trio, Mourinho said: “I think they are very good players and normally they should be on the pitch all three together.”
As far as the Premier League goes, evident from the bookmaker comparison platform Oddschecker, sportsbooks also place Arsenal with the fourth-highest chance of winning the title this season, with far worse odds than rival Tottenham.
The Last of Triumphs
Throughout more than 130 years of history, Arsenal has achieved many records and honours and has boldly and permanently set its name as one of the top teams in the world’s most thrilling football league.
Concerning its latest triumphs, the club’s latest major feat happened two years ago when Arsenal claimed the FA Cup title, setting two new records: for most won FA Cup title -13 – and for Arsene Wenger who became the most successful manager in the tournament with seven FA Cups under his belt.
The triumph was somewhat a consolation for the team’s fifth-place Premier League finish, with Wenger saying before the game:
“That [the FA Cup final] will be a good crowning of what we have done in the last two months. The team has given so much, I think they really want to win something.”
As far as the Premier League goes, the team hasn’t finished at the top in 15 years, though its 2003-2004 EPL triumph under Arsene Wenger was undoubtedly an impressive one.
While the team’s thirteenth and last Premier League title did come awhile ago, back then The Gunners managed to become the first and only team in EPL’s current format to claim the title without a loss.
A season later the club achieved another feat when it succeeded in keeping its goal clean in ten consecutive Champions League games—a record that still stands today.
Lineup of Hopes
Nicolas Pépé, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos, and William Saliba (to join next season) all came to Emirates Stadium this transfer window, bringing hopes that Unai Emery’s selection will bring a much sought after title this season.
Lest we forget that Emery also has Mesut Ozil on the bench, however, the midfielder is yet to debut on the pitch for this season.
The player has seen less play-time than under Wenger who signed him in 2013 in a bid to strengthen and support the team’s attacking positions.
There was even quite a lot of buzz in the summer regarding Ozil’s future on Emirates; however, the player remains at the club with manager Emery saying for The Mirror: “We need him because he is a different player in our team. We have different ways to prepare to win, and different qualities with the players, different characteristics from them. We need him to be available, and he can help us with his quality.”
Following the face-off against Tottenham, former Arsenal star Ian Wright expressed his delight with the performance level of another midfielder—Matteo Guendouzi. For BBC’s Match of the Day 2, Wright said that Guendouzi scoring a goal in Tottenham’s net “would have been the perfect midfield performance.”
The bottom line is that Arsenal has quality players to count on in its quest for a title, be it a Premier League one or another. Yet, the competition is not going anywhere either. Since their last title, The Gunners have regularly made it into the top 5 which naturally is unsatisfactory for a team of this calibre. On the other hand, their performance is consistent, which nevertheless needs to be brought up to a higher level if Arsenal is looking to win another EPL title before two decades pass without one. Pundits are of the opinion that this year the battle for the final standing will be between Merseyside and City, with Tottenham and Arsenal fighting for the third spot. A lot more needs to happen during the season before we get a clearer picture of what to expect when the season ends on May 17 next year.