It’s been more than a decade since Arsene Wenger last won the Premier League title, all the way back in the 2003/04 season. When Le Professor did last get his hands on the crown Frankee was top of the charts with F.U.R.B and Apple had only just started work on the iPhone which was to be released in 2007. Twitter wasn’t even born and only a handful of people had heard of Facebook so nobody could even use the avenue of social media to gloat over their marvelous victory.
Could that all change this season?
Possibly. The Gunners are a 6/1 shot to lift the title and continue Wenger’s incredible reign at the club. The Frenchman has been at the club since October 26 – a mere three months after Luke Shaw celebrated his first birthday. A quite remarkable achievement.
Arsene Wenger infographic (click to enlarge)
[A big thanks to Leanne Kirwan in the design team for working her magic here]
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Wenger’s 18 year spell at Arsenal has seen him win five FA Cups and three league titles, and maintain a win percentage of 57.2 per cent. In comparison it is only marginally short of Sir Alex Ferguson’s record at Manchester United, and no Arsenal manage who has been at the helm for more than 25 games can even come close to it.
His career with the Gunners has been up and down, with many calling for his head just a couple of seasons ago. However the £42 million signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, an FA Cup victory over Hull in May’s final and now the signing of World Cup star Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona has filled the Emirates faithful with plenty of optimism.
Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy have been brought in to tighten up the defence while Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ransey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be hoping for injury-free campaigns. It may be one of the toughest seasons to go and win the title with Chelsea and Man City both strengthening their lavish squads, however Arsene Wenger has a side he feels can challenge for the top.
‘I expect a lot but I can talk and talk – at the end it’s the performance on the pitch that will show how much chance we have to win the Premier League,’ Wenger told Goal.com. ‘We have more confidence than at the beginning of last season. Our opponents have also strengthened. It’s everybody’s ambition to win the league – but only one will win it.’
It might not be the most resounding of battle-cries but Arsenal are probably in a stronger position now than they have been for a number of years. Off the back of a moral-boosting FA Cup win, could this be their year?
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