A Christmas full of cheer for Arsenal

Even now the pundits are not keen on Arsenal’s title chances. Still with the busy Christmas period beginning they are four points clear. It’s time to reevaluate Arsenal’s chances.

Firstly, they are four points clear. This isn’t a massive lead but it is still a lead. You would absolutely rather be top by four points then second place looking to overturn a four point deficit. Plus, in reality a lead of four points isn’t the whole story. Its a four point lead over Chelsea sure but it’s a six point lead over Manchester City and a nine point lead over the champions Manchester United. Realistically two of Arsenal’s biggest rivals need to be near perfect from now until May if they want to challenge.

Secondly, the Arsenal attacking unit is good and looks as if it can only get better. Arsenal are second highest scorers in the division and they are comfortably winning games despite missing chances. Once they start putting their opportunities away Arsenal will start putting five or six past teams regularly. On top of this Theo Walcott is returning to full fitness, Lukas Podolski should become available for the busy Christmas/New Year push and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not too far behind. These reinforcements will allow Arsene Wenger to keep the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud fresh.

Lastly, other teams have bigger problems then Arsenal. Arsenal have a settled side and way of playing. They were the only big team to go into the season without experiencing managerial upheaval and/or player revolt. This stability probably accounts for Arsenal’s ability to go to and win at places like Cardiff where their rivals have dropped points. By contrast Arsenal’s rivals are not settled. Jose Mourinho seems unsure as to what his best Chelsea side is. Does it include Juan Mata and not Oscar or Oscar but no Mata?

Manchester United have a midfield that aspires to be a paper tiger. Michael Carrick is injured. Tom Cleverley is struggling. Phil Jones is a defender playing out of position. Marouane Fellaini is struggling to settle and Ryan Giggs is too old to play every game.

Manchester City, for all there rapacious goal scoring at home, simply don’t look the same side away from the Eithad.

So there you have it. Three reasons why Arsenal should win the title. Of course they should also have beaten Birmingham City in the League Cup final so make of that what you will.


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