There seems to be a very wide gap between what the Arsenal fans and the football media think about Arsene Wenger´s chances of leading the Gunners to a first Premier League title since 2004, so who is right? And should the so-called football experts´ refusal to take our title hopes seriously be a cause for concern to the average Gooner?
Despite many in the media accepting that Arsenal have made big strides in the last two years, and many observers feeling that the transfer of Petr Cech from Chelsea this summer is a key bit of business that has fixed one of the major problems in our squad, the press still think that we are too far behind the reigning champions.
Even though we just did a job on Chelsea at Wembley, a report in The Guardian in which 11 of their reporters gave predictions about the season ahead showed most of them do not believe that we can close the gap. While seven of them picked Chelsea to retain the BPL trophy, just two went for Arsenal and one of them only if Mourinho is hit by an injury crisis.
Contrast this with the news reported by the Daily Mail about a survey undertaken by the Arsenal Supporters Trust. It showed 84 percent in favour of Wenger staying in charge and that must surely mean they believe he can win the league. Are we too quick to believe that the last six months proves our ability to win the title? Or are the media too stubborn to change their long held disdain for Arsenal and Wenger? We will soon find out…