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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Is this the year that Arsene really knows best?

Five years since Arsenal last enjoyed a major trophy success and there is a growing feeling around the Emirates and those who bet on football that this might just be the season that Arsenal regain the Premier League crown they last secured back in the 2003/2004 ‘invincibles’ season.

Despite finishing 11 points behind eventual champions Chelsea, the young Gunners squad has grown a year older, and perhaps wiser, and looks to be a more mature team than the one left disappointed on too many occasions throughout last season.

Although Wenger has aimed to bring success to Arsenal by introducing players through the club’s youth set-up, it is clear that the Gunners are going to need to look outside the confines of North London in order to replace veteran defenders Sol Campbell and William Gallas adequately, with both players leaving the Emirates earlier this summer.

With the current online betting frontrunner to replace the pair rumoured to be Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker, the Gunners know that whoever comes in needs to be able to adapt quickly to the Gunners' style of play, and potentially the pace of the Premier League, if the side are to make themselves serious contenders for the Premier League crown.

Despite bookies placing the Gunners as 4th favourites behind perennial contenders Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as big spending Manchester City, former Gunner Mathieu Flamini has joined members of the current squad in suggesting that this could be the year that Arsenal finally regain the Premier League title.

With Wenger having only one year left on his current deal, he will surely be more determined than ever to see his youth policy come to fruition by defying the odds and bringing the Premier League to the Emirates for the first time.

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