Is a title challenge a realistic ambition for Arsenal this season? Will the Gunners end their 7-year trophy-less slump?
Perhaps for once these two questions are likely to have very different answers. Sticking our neck out ahead of the season, we are going to venture with a No and a Yes.
Arsenal could well end their trophy-less run this season, but chances are any success that they get is likely to come in Cup competitions where they can take advantage of being the better side on the day, rather than having the consistency to compete for the Premier League crown.
At the end of it the argument comes down to squad depth, and Arsenal just don’t have it. While teams like Manchester City and Chelsea have two world class players who can play in practically every position, Arsenal’s second line of defence tends to fall on youth, which can rescue you on any given day, but cannot guarantee a title-winning season.
Arsenal will do well to hang on to Champions League football at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
Let us know your opinion below, can Arsenal be genuine title contenders, will any trophy do?
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