All Arsenal fans still have in mind this great 2003/2004 Premier League season. Or, beyond a second title gleaned in three years, the Gunners had achieved the feat of finishing undefeated (26 wins, 12 draws, 0 losses). We are talking about a time when Bolton, Charlton or even Portsmouth, current residents of League One (English D3), were still evolving within the elite of football across the Channel. From a season when Manchester City finished in fourteenth place. Almost twenty years later, the London team had a solid golden opportunity to get their hands on the PL. Will Mikel Arteta’s men go all the way?
An exceptional and promising first half of the season
15 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss. Before switching to the second half of the season, it is clear that Arsenal’s current record in the English Premier League is beautiful. For now, only Manchester United has managed to dictate the law to the impressive Gunners. Tottenham twice, Liverpool, Chelsea all have fallen to Martin Odegaard and his teammates in recent weeks.
Last weekend, in a still hot derby between two historic rivals, Arsenal went to air-condition the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (0-2). A result, which, combined with the defeat of Manchester City at the neighbor United, offered nine points in advance to the resident of the Emirates Stadium. Admittedly, we are only halfway there and a lot can still happen. But as things stand, Thierry Henry’s former club is the boss of the English championship. He will try to remain so as XXL deadlines loom.
Arsenal and the specter of scarcity
In recent years, Arsenal have often had bad luck. First of all in the title race, during the 2015/2016 season, where the Londoners managed to finish ahead of all the Premier League leaders… but not ahead of Leicester. The following season, despite an incredible finish, the Gunners came to die just one point behind Liverpool and fourth place in the Champions League. Fifth place, too, in 2019 and 2022. Concretely, since 2016/2017, the team formerly coached by the Frenchman Arsène Wenger has no longer tasted the joys of the C1. Not to mention this Europa League final lost in 2019 against Chelsea. Only the FA Cup will have given balm to the heart, with four coronations in the last nine editions.
You will understand, on the side of Arsenal, there is a hell of a trauma to forget. Over the coming month, William Saliba and his family will challenge Manchester United, their executioner of the first leg, as well as Manchester City twice. Before finding the Skyblues, as well as Chelsea, at the end of April, three days apart. Not to mention the great return of the Europa League. Suffice to say that we should quickly know more about the chances of the Gunners to go to the end. Next element of response this Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. against the Red Devils in full resurrection. It promises !