After securing a 1-0 win at Chelsea in the Premier League, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke of his side reaching a “new level”.
Having earned wins over the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea already this season, the Gunners are showing a resilience that can see them challenge for the title this term.
Gunners Showing Maturity
With a settled side under Arteta, Arsenal have shown they are a much more mature side this season than the one that just missed out on the Champions League in the last campaign. Arsenal, who are 9/2 to win the Premier League this season when you bet on football, look to be far more composed in the big games against other sides challenging for a top-four finish. Many football tips now have the Gunners emerging as serious challengers for the title, as they look to battle it out with the reigning champions Manchester City for the top spot. Arsenal have shown a level of consistency in the first quarter of the season that should stand them in good stead going forward.
Another big result at Chelsea was another example of the new steel in this Arsenal side, as they came away from Stamford Bridge with three points in early November. The Gunners have started to make a habit of going to Chelsea and coming away with wins, as they have now left West London with three points on their last three Premier League visits. Considering Chelsea finished six points above Arsenal in the standings last season to earn Champions League football, it shows how the Gunners have been progressing in this campaign under their Spanish tactician.
Picking Up Momentum After The World Cup
All Premier League sides are facing the unprecedented challenge of a World Cup interrupting the season. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will pose interesting questions for the teams in the top flight. For some, it might offer a much-needed break to work on training and allow injured players time to return. However, for teams challenging at the top end of the table like Arsenal, the World Cup might well be coming at an unfortunate time. Building up winning momentum is hard to achieve and the Gunners will have to try and rekindle their positive form after the major tournament in the Middle East.
Arsenal will have a number of players heading out for the competition and Arteta will be hoping they all return with a clean bill of health ahead of the busy festive period. The rest of the squad will possibly welcome a slight break in the campaign but will be fully aware that after the World Cup it’s one big push for the remainder of the Premier League season.
There have been some encouraging signs from Arsenal at the start of the campaign but Arteta will know there’s plenty of work still to do if the Gunners are to bring the English crown back to North London.
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