The North London club, Arsenal are having an unbelievable season thus far and currently sit five points ahead of their rivals Manchester City in the league. As every game passes, this Gunners refuses to give in and this group of young players look like they can pull off something incredible and be the first Arsenal team to win the league since the invincibles back in 2004 under their former legendary manager Arsene Wenger. Sports betting Ireland will know the score if this Gunners team can repeat the heroics of The Invincibles.
Since the Premier League began in 1992-93, there have been 30 completed seasons and the team that sits top on Christmas Day just has the edge. Sixteen teams have been top at Christmas and ended up as champions, with 14 clubs failing to go the distance. Arsenal were second to Manchester United on Christmas Day 2003 and went on to be champions.
The Arsenal manager knows that a tough period lies ahead, though. With more players than any other club — nine — having registered more than 1,000 Premier League minutes this season, fatigue could become a factor as Arsenal (and every other team) start to play catch-up in league and cup play following Qatar 2022.
“We are going to be playing every three days,” Arteta said. “The congestion and the amount of games we have to play is going to be incredible. We are going to have to have more resources and more players to be able to do that.
“We have the confidence we are on the right path, but as well, we have the red lights and alarms, because what is coming in the second half of the season is something unprecedented. And we need to be ready for it.”
Arsenal’s run of fixtures between now and the return of European football in mid-February will give us a clear indication as to whether they can sustain their title bid or will fall by the wayside, with serial winners City benefiting from the depth and experience of their squad to overhaul the Gunners.
This Arsenal team are different to previous teams, there’s very few egos in the squad and they all seem to playing for each other and above all they seem to be playing for their manager Mikel Arteta. Credit to the big wigs at the top of the Arsenal board for not getting rid of Arteta when he was under serious pressure.
Some title winners — Leicester (2016), Blackburn (1995) — have started well and harnessed a wave of momentum all the way to the end of the season, but many others have run out of steam. We’re about to find out which category Arsenal will fall into this season.