I know that Arsenal fans and critics alike will probably be wondering what I have been smoking over here, but hear me out. We are so often told by the TV pundits and the football media why Arsenal have absolutely no chance of getting anywhere near the Premier League title so why can I not put the other point across?
Last season I got sick of people explaining why we were rubbish, despite the fact we kept winning and remained at the top of the table. When it all went a bit pear-shaped after christmas these experts could not wait to tell us they had predicted it. But they all failed to take any account whatsoever of the crippling injury list.
I hear the same experts explaining why Man City struggled in January after losing one player, Yaya Toure. And if one of the Gunners’ opponents have a couple of players out, well you never hear the end of it. But we are just making excuses of course…okay then, whatever.
Right, down to the reason for the claim that Arsenal have a team and squad capable of winning the Premier League. Check out these amazing stats in a report by The Mirror on Francis Coquelin. It has often been said that we are lacking in certain key areas, such as a proper defensive midfielder, central defence and top class striker.
Well the report shows that Coquelin has been easily the best DM in the division since his recall. Only a spud would argue that Alexis Sanchez was not a top class striker, while Giroud has also been in awesome form since returning from injury and Gabriel is proving to be a great signing in central defence.
Add this to the likes of Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Walcott, Koscielny, Ospina and our full backs, and you have the proof that Arsenal already have a team capable of challenging for the title. Now if we could just keep them all fit…