Vote: Do Arsenal still have a title challenge?

Today’s vote is asking you where you think Arsenal will finish the Premier League this season. After a topsy-turvy summer, ins and outs, being the editor of an Arsenal fansite gives you a somewhat overall concoction of opinion. A lot of the fans I come across seem pessimistic, gloomy and somber about Arsenal’s championship ambition this season. Are they right to be?

Is there any optimism left? Do Arsenal still have a title challenge in them? Have the deadline day deals rescued Arsenal and revitalised the squad?

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8 Responses to Vote: Do Arsenal still have a title challenge?

  1. davi September 8, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    It's hard to see us coming back, even after so few games. Anything's possible, but it's unlikely. I think that the squad we have now is good enough to *challenge, but I just think that the Manchester clubs, particularly City, and possibly Chelsea, are going to be so relentless this year, it's going to be very difficult to come back even now. We would have to beat these three teams at least once each, and any further defeats against any of them would probably and any serious title challenge. Of course we will lose more games this year, as will everyone else, but these 3 teams in particular will be very tough to overcome.
    A more realistic challenge is to overcome spurs and liverpool, which I think is very much achievable. I didn't see much in Liverpool to be afraid of, as we were well capable of winning the game until the red card, even with that much-depleted side, and spurs don't have the same aura that they did last season, although adebayor might give them a boost.
    That isn't me trying to sound gloomy – I am very happy with the squad we have now, as it does appear to have a good blend of youth and experience, as well as talent, but this horrendous start has probably cost us a lot.

  2. nicenshine@gmail.com September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Hi

    I wish to be optimistic. But Sorry, I do not see Arsenal this season and next season to be title challengers. No doubt we make signings, but not world class yet. Also much will depends on key members to produce and injuries , consistent performance throughout the whole season. Not 2 times brilliant displays and then lose a few matches at the end, which has always been the case for Arsenal for the past seasons.

    At most best its 3rd or 4th this season.

  3. rukkyrocks2@yahoo.com September 8, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    wel,other arsenal fans may have the right to but i choose to differ. its true 8points from the top is not going to be easy to come back and challenge but c'mon, lets look at the bright side..the season is jst 3games old,thats pretty too early to rule out any side. also, arsenal so far has played more difficult sides than any of the top 4,wel top 6 as the case may be. I dont see us losing or even drawing any home match in the near future. with the latest signings,i think enough depth have been added to the squard. We have an arteta and many others hungry for tittle. lets be optimistic..its the least we could be. Our season starts here. WE ARE THE ARSENAL!

  4. kjcreardon@yahoo.com September 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Punditry is fine from all sides – especially at this early point in the season.

    I don't see any game-changing effect on our season from the results in and of themselves. With our best squad if we were to have just come off a 6 match winning streak and then went to Newcastle and got a point – no one would say that the result was a problem. Same thing with losing at OT – irrespective of the scoreline. I think we did drop points that we “shouldn't have” to LFC at home, but that's the only change in the plot so far. The team needs to get through these next few games and weeks and bring back the suspended players, matriculate the new ones and make the team strong as we await the return of TV and JW from injury. I am incredibly enthusiastic about the team as I have always thought Nasri was a bit over-hyped and a bit of a liability in the defensive end and Fab was hurt, hurt again and hurt some more for the past 2 seasons coinciding with the Barca push to bring him to warm (hamstring comforting) climes of Catalonia.

    From these 3 games, however, we can all only hope that AW saw what we saw – a number of players are simply not yet ready / or no longer at the level they once were for the top tier of EPL competition and a few have regressed to a point of becoming more of a liability than an asset (Johann – I feel your pain, but that first Man Utd goal was a career condemnation if you don't make an impact statement to erase it from memory). In particular, I struggle with Rambo mightily and hope AW has some answers – in 2 of the EPL matches he looks so incredibly off the pace and unable to support the back 5 and then he turns in a MOTM performance for Wales. he's 20 – I get it, but I think AW was counting on more from AR than we are seeing – especially without Jack until November.

    In addition, the new signings should also have pointed out to us – so we hope to AW as well – that a rigid adherence to his beloved 4-3-3 and flowing football all over the field may not be the best way to keep the opponent from putting less than 10 into your net – even with one of the top keepers in the EPL between the posts. As an example, I look forward to the day when we are playing with 4 in the midfield and Chu in front of / in back of RVP at – say – Anfield with a 0-2 scoreline in the second half in our favor.

    We should absolutely be looking at 3 points from all matches in September – but with a smart approach to the Dortmund game where a single point will do. October opens with Tiny Tots and finishes with Chelsea – Both away; take 4 points or more there, along with a good harvest of points from the other October matches – and the title chase is in full swing.

    With Arteta immediately firing on all cylinders starting this weekend (we hope), a top class keeper and the experience and leadership of Merte at the back pairing with TV in 6 or 7 weeks, Song, Frimpong and Gervinho coming back into the team and Chu and Miyachi providing some much needed X factor, I think we can do some real damage.

    We have yet to complete a game with 11 men still on the field, we have yet to field anything close to a full strength team from the roster submitted, and we have yet to win a game. Start the process of curing all three of those this weekend and we'll start accumulating points and clean sheets and we'll be right there by January.

  5. stani2008@bigpond.com September 9, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Had Wenger added another centre back to our defensive department I would have been much more confident, as it is fourth is the best I can predict. I shall reserve judgement on our new centre back but the fact he is 6feet 6 inches tall does absolutely nothng for me if he`s slow to turn and doesn`t know where is feet are. He is however a experienced international so he must have something going for him. It would be naive to think we can sign some one like Cahill in mid season so lets hope Vermaelen comes good and Koscieney stays in top form.

    For those who go by statistics tomorrows game should end in a draw but don`t believe it, this is going to be Arsenal`s day.

  6. henok September 9, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    it's funny how the vote result shows that arsenal have more percentage of champions vote.

  7. abid4real@hotmail.co.uk September 9, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    @ long islend gunner – i really liked your post and its spot on.

    im suprised also that the majority of votes are for us being champions, i know we have bought in some very good players BUT i still think we have some big issues, the main problem is the tactics we play, a very high defensive line against man u was suicide, and a 433 formation only works if your 3 midfielders can dominate the posession and feed the wingers and striker, we were able to do it when we had fabregas pulling all the strings but since his departure we can see how things have fallen apart, it just shows how good fabregas is, i think it would be better to play a balanced 442 or a 4231 to give protection to our back four, our defence should sit deeper so strikers cant get in behind so easily.

    my predition is we will just luckily make a champions league, allbeit having to play a qualifying round again.

  8. venky.mamC@gmail.com September 9, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    If manu draws a couple and we win a couple the gap would be 4 points, if anybody doesn't believe then he is an idiot and a loser

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