With the second half of the Premier League season upon us, the battle for the title looks to be one of the most open in recent seasons. With the bookies unable to choose a hot favourite and no team taking firm control of the league this season, the title-race could go down to the final day. There will undoubtedly be shocks to come before the end of the season, and with teams still involved in domestic and European cup competitions, squad-depth could be a huge determining factor in deciding who is eventually crowned champions.
After 22 games, Arsenal sit at the top of the Premier League with 51 points, one point ahead of Manchester City and two ahead of Chelsea. Although Arsenal currently lead the way, the bookies have them as third favourite to be crowned champions in May, at around 4/1. Currently second-placed Manchester City are the favourites at around 10/11, with Chelsea available at 11/4. With all the exciting twists and turns still to come, you can find the most up to date odds at Coral sports. Some may find the fact that Arsenal currently sit at the top of the table and in good form, yet with relatively long odds to win the league, puzzling.
(Ozils form has been up and down)
Can Arsenal Do It?
Arsenal last won the Premier League in the 2003-04 season, and many have criticised manager Arsene Wenger for the lack of titles since then. Although Arsenal have played fantastic football, Wenger has not been one to splash tens of millions of pounds on proven talent. However, this all changed in the summer of 2013, when Arsenal spent £42.4m to bring in German international Mesut Özil from Real Madrid. This was a much-desired show of intent from Wenger, and with Özil putting in some tremendous performances in the Premier League this season, it has proved to be a fantastic signing.
However, the recent injury to Theo Walcott has revealed a relative lack of depth in the squad, with the inexperienced 18 year old German Serge Gnabry expected to step into his place. Many also believe that, although in good form this season, striker Olivier Giroud is not good enough to support a title charge by himself, and that a proven goalscorer should be on Wenger’s January shopping list.
Despite this, Arsenal being top of the league is no fluke. A fantastic defence along with real attacking flair has seen them become a force to be reckoned with. If the squad can stand up to the rigours of a Premier League run-in, there is no reason that they cannot carry on their excellent form and bring the trophy the Arsenal fans crave back to the Emirates.