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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Three good reasons why Arsenal have a realistic chance of winning the title

By 1970’s Gooner

We have been written off twice already this season.

No one gave us a chance after we got thumped by Chelsea in that horrific defeat at the Emirates earlier in the season. But right after that Chelsea dropped points and we got back into it again with an unbeaten run.

Until we met with the big two again, in quick succession. And got thumped again…

But right after that both Chelsea and Manchester United lose their games and we are back in contention…once again.

So can we sustain the challenge on this occasion?

I believe we can and there are three good reasons why.

1. The other contenders will drop points playing each other


For a start we will not be seeing the sight of the top two again this season. In fact we will also not be seeing the sight of Liverpool and Aston Villa again.

Chelsea and Manchester United face each other at Old Trafford and both will play against Liverpool (Man Utd at home and Chelsea away at Anfield). A Liverpool with a fit Torres in the line up fighting for that important fourth place.

If we play our cards right we could be within touching distance before you can say Wayne Roonie.

2. Arsenal’s goals come from a variety of players unlike the others


Speaking of Wayne Roonie brings us to injuries and the fact that apart from Arsenal only Liverpool have been unlucky to loose their top striker for a long period.

If by chance Wayne Roonie or Didier Drogba got injured then Manchester United and Chelsea will find it difficult.

Manchester United are too dependent on Roonie who has been in fantastic form ever since Ronaldo freed the space for him to grow into.

And if he got injured I don’t think Berbatov could be as prolific.

And although Chelsea got by when Drogba was away for the Africa Nations Cup their fixtures coming up are not as easy as the ones when he was absent.

So in the absence of Robin van Persie, Arsenal have managed to find the goals. Will Manchester United and Chelsea do the same if they were faced with similar circumstances?

I doubt it.

3. Injured players are back and getting fitter


Gael Clichy, Abu Diaby, Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott, Eduardo, Nicklas Bendtner.

They were all out for some time and all need the time to get back to top fitness levels. This comes with games really, so the team has to carry them in a way.

Clichy was very rusty until very recently when he began to find some form. He will get better. The same for Walcott who is now getting games behind him and will come good later in the season.

Nasri too who is now becoming more influential during games. Diaby the same.

And there is Bendtner who really needs a few more games under his belt.

He will, I believe, become very influential as the season grows.

And there is Robin van Persie and Gibbs to come back of course.

But when you look at the other two, who have they got to come back?

Chelsea have Essien, Bosingwa and Joe Cole who will get fitter. But really it is Essien that will add something to the team. But like van Persie he is not due back yet. And Ashley Cole is out for the season.

Manchester United can look forward to Vidic and Ferdinand who will undoubtedly add a lot to the team’s defensive quality, when they get match fit.

Manchester United certainly have room for improvement over Chelsea but the greatest room for improvement is undoubtedly Arsenal’s.

And so are the chances of getting to the top.


35 comments:

Anonymous said...

there is more chance of me winning the lottery tomorrow than winning the league.

out of all the teams we are more likely to drop points.

we are going to win nothing

Weedz said...

Positive stuff 70s, but I wish you`d have written it after the Stoke game.

Anonymous said...

Has Arsene Wenger ever discussed why we have more injuries than other teams?

Does anyobdy know?

Not long term injuries, but muscle and hamstring injuries. Physical fitness? Light weight?

gazzap said...

we do have tough games. Hull away wont be easy - they are playing like thugs. Birmingham are hard to beat, Spurs will want to beat us. but we must focus on Stoke. they have 120 minutes in their legs, so we have a decent chance.

arsenal have not really been in top form for a while now. we have played well in fits and starts but never really turned it on for a couple of months. I feel it is building. as you say Bendtner will be an important player, but wenger needs to make the right decisions in the big matches, which he has not been doing recently.

Anonymous said...

Love the thought,highly unlikely though. There is not enough hunger or motivation from AW,only wishy washy make-believe botched-up pep talks. There isn't enough combat spirit amongst some players,win or lose matters not,even the boss said so,as long as there is beautiful football[not visible under pressure most of the time],hope is enough. Until AW shows real passion and commitment,Arsenal will need at least a six goals cushion to achieve anything this year or next for blatant cock-ups again and again,as well as clueless against physical teams,no alternative options but just wishing and hoping. Well that little extra mile for tactical changes?Zilch.

geez said...

no chance, i would love if we could, of course i would, but realistically we are so lightweight its not true, same old story, we have a good goalkeeper..... a good 2nd division goalkeeper..... defence is lightweight, midfield is lightweight, forwards are not doing it.... nuff said.

Anonymous said...

chaces are chech is out for some time as he looked to have done his knee vs Inter in CL...Hilario is even wors than Almunia so i say he have a good chance

Anonymous said...

I think Stoke kicks Wenger's girls butts all over the field

MU!

Real Social Dad said...

I hope we can 70's
have to disagree with your second point
you could stick me gran up front for utd and she'd score 15 goals a season.
the pensioners didn't have drogba over acn and still put 7 past sunderland.
but come on
You'll see it when you believe it

Anonymous said...

I don't think the gunners can win the title. I would be the happiest guy on earth if they pulled it off.
The problem is the gunners one dimensional style of play. It's pass here and everytwhere.
I remember Koeman saying Arsenal tend to overplay. Most seasoned analysts are in full agreement on this point. I am inclined to agree.
When the gunners get to the box that's where the problem starts.The gunners take several seconds to pass the ball by which time the defenders are back in numbers and stifled the gunners. AW calls this anti soccer.
Another thing is the defence always awol. It happend in the hull game last season and they were caught cold by the counter attacking of MU and Chelseas.
Until and unless AW modifies his playing style the gunners will always be playing catching up.Furthermore his statement that he will outscore the opposition stems from his arrogance. It is easier to prevent than to score. keeegan found out that to his cost.

Anonymous said...

About Gunners style of play: yes it is one-dimensional sometimes but van Persie and Arshavin changed that with their runs at goal and more direct play. Bendtner has the potential to do the same, providing a direct option and also able to score from crosses with headers and just powering himself forward. Diaby when fit again can fill in from midfield with similar power.

Although winning the PL will probably only be possible if BOTH Chelsea and Man U gets a serious slip in form which is unlikely. CL is our major chance this year and if we develop and diversify our style of play we can have a chance there. Van Persie might be back for the two last legs of the CL as well...

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