Arsenal throw down title gauntlet

Despite being heavily tipped for a finish outside the Champions League places in the Premier League this season Arsenal fired a warning shot to their rivals with a thumping 6-1 reverse at Everton.

Arsene Wenger’s charges outplayed the home side at Goodison Park who remain largely unchanged from last season when they took 5th place.

While many pundits, notably Steve Claridge, have doubted whether Arsenal can still compete with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool (and the nouveau riche Manchester City) the Gunners showed that they can amaze as well as frustrate.

It is easy to get carried away with on the opening day of the season and it is important to remember that the season is played over a full 38 games but Arsenal showed that they are too good to be taken lightly.

Combine that with the fact that Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd were all unconvincing in their opening games and we could be on for one of the closest title races since the Premier League began.


7 thoughts on “Arsenal throw down title gauntlet

  1. Arsenal, although impressive, were facing an Everton side in turmoil at present. The presence of Lescott can be nothing but unsettling, and you are right to say Everton are unchanged as this is part of their problem. They have not brought in much needed quality at the back, and remain shortly of a proper blocking midfielder. Arsenal will do well this season, but will suffer from similar problems that have plagued them in previous seasons, most notably the lack of experience across the park. The real surprise packages of this weekend were Wigan and Tottenham. Spurs in particular actually look like a decent side for the first time since Martin Jol's tenure. Whether they can maintain the passion showed at White Hart Lane on Sunday remains to be seen.

  2. To Tristan,If Arsenal can keep their best players fit they may get closer than people think.Any injuries in defence or central midfield may end the challenge early.Wigan and Spurs both look good but I think Sunderland may make the most progress

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