Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Sunday has solidified the team’s position as a strong contender for the Premier League title.
The Gunners, hungry for silverware, have been starved for more than two decades since last lifting the EPL trophy.
Sitting at the top of the league with 50 points out of 19 games and only one defeat this season, the Gunners are in a prime position to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Manager Mikel Arteta described the team’s performance as “extraordinary,” having turned the club back to winning ways since being appointed in 2019. He has placed an emphasis on building a strong team, similar to his former coach Arsene Wenger’s “Invincibles” squad of 2003-2004.
“It doesn’t get much better than that, that’s the reality,” the Spaniard said after the win against Manchester United.
“I think we deserve the points that we have, I think we have played well enough to win most of the matches, but the reality as well is that we still have a lot of things that we can get much better at.”
Arteta has placed people at the forefront of bringing together Arsenal. All his recruitments have been handpicked to resemble ‘“Le Professeur’s” Invincibles forged with one mission in mind — to win the league.
It’s been nearly two decades since Arsenal last lifted the league trophy, a period dating back to the 2003/04 season when Arsenal went unbeaten with 26 wins and 12 draws.
Recent smart transfers and individual contributions from both old and new players have placed the Gunners in a league of their own. The team boasts a young, vibrant squad packed with energy, depth, and confidence, with Arteta’s discipline and focus keeping them on course to finish top of the log.
Goals from Arsenal Academy products Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah over the weekend put the Gunners five points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.
The courage to sell big names like Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and loan out Nicolas Pepe in favour of young talents like Nketiah and Saka shows that the team is focused on vision, talent, heart, and a winning spirit, rather than money and fame.
With traditional top-four competitors Liverpool and Chelsea struggling this season, Arsenal’s only worthy contender is Arteta’s former boss Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team, whom they will face in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday before their league match.
It is a team Arteta is all too familiar with having signed former players Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.