Arsenal In Scintillating Form; Could They Be Shock Title Contenders?

By Thomas O'Dell
Things are looking very bright at the Emirates
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Despite being slaughtered by fans and media alike before the season began, Arsenal have brushed aside everyone they’ve faced, a fact which was enhanced after their chaotic opening day defeat to Aston Villa. The marquee signing of Mesut Ozil has stimulated their creativity, and other players who have been previously criticized have been in top form, including Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsay.

Arsene Wenger is certainly due a few apologies after he was so harshly treated, but we’re only six games into what promises to be a very exciting race at the top of the league.

Perhaps the most striking element of Arsenal is the stunning form of Ramsay. The Welshman is a box-to-box midfielder who scores, assists, tackles and can play in a variety of positions. Currently, he’s the best footballer in the country. There are question marks over the North London side’s defense, and it’s somewhat justifiable. Per Mertesacker is frequently far from convincing, and players with power and guile can open them up.

Despite the current absence of Manchester United, who are somewhat in a ‘crisis’, the so called ‘big six’ is taking shape. It would be very surprising if the top half dozen places aren’t occupied by Arsenal, Man United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea at the end of the season.

Arsenal will face Napoli on Tuesday in the Champions League, and it promises to be an enthralling encounter. The Italians pose various threats for any team, but with home advantage, Arsenal will be looking for the win.

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