Many football fans of all neutral stances have always said that Arsenal play the best type of football in the Premier League, with their pass-and-move tactics often being a real joy to watch.
The Gunners are year in, year out, fancied to lift the title, but fall just short on every occasion.
But could this be the year that they finally end the hoodoo?
Here are just three reasons why Arsenal may just be about to see a turnaround in fortunes on Arsene Wenger’s 20th year in charge of the club.
Defence is stronger than ever
The addition of Shkodran Mustafi, signed from Valencia during the summer, into the heart of Arsenal’s defence is proving to be a highly successful one – they are yet to lose since signing him and have also conceded just two goals in the league since his debut.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 4, 2016
The German’s physical presence alongside the already vital Laurent Koscielny has been a nightmare for strikers to face, as Chelsea’s Diego Costa found out in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over them just two weeks ago.
Spanish full-back’s Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin are equally as important to Arsenal’s form though, as they have shown their class too.
The right-back’s incredible pace allowed him to chase down Pedro in the Chelsea match and block his shot, despite initially being about 40 yards behind him.
Monreal is quickly becoming one of the most-reliable left-backs in the league and is consistently good for Arsenal.
A reliable and solid defence is often the key to a Premier League title-winning side and if Arsenal’s back four can avoid injury and remain as they are, then they could be the difference for the North London side this season.
Quality within the squad goes beyond the starting line-up
In the past it could be argued that if the Gunners didn’t really have any particular match winners on their bench, with only the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta or Tomas Rosicky to call upon.
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— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennyM) October 3, 2016
However, now they have the likes of Granit Xhaka, who can score goals as well as win the ball back in midfield, Mohamed Elneny, who can tackle well and break down the opposition’s attacks and Kieran Gibbs, who is a fantastic second choice left-back.
Lucas Perez, who despite not scoring in the league yet, has shown good movement and the potential to be a quality player for the club.
They also have young players available who could have a breakthrough season this year, much like winger Alex Iwobi did last season and the afore-mentioned Bellerin did the campaign before that.
Keep an eye out for Krystian Bielik, Gedion Zelalem, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide and striker Chuba Akpom, as they could all be given a chance to shine at some point during this season.
They’re grinding out results
In years gone by, Arsenal have been guilty of not winning games that they really should be winning.
For example, last season they lost to the likes of West Brom and Swansea, who were both lower half of the table teams.
So what exactly happened on THAT goal against Burnley?
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 3, 2016
In 2016-17 however in the first seven games, they’ve swept aside Chelsea and have managed to grind out last-minute winners against Southampton and Burnley.
The Gunners are showing they have that ability to win ugly, much like Chelsea and Manchester United have done when they won titles in the past.
Wenger’s men have looked like a team, who despite not playing to the best of their abilities at times, are not afraid to go all out for a win.
Arsenal look like a different side this year and if they can finally shake off the curse of injuries and keep all their players fit and in form, then there is absolutely no reason as to why they cannot truly challenge for that Premier League title this season.