In 2004 Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ clinched a Premier League title triumph without tasting a single defeat and Arsene Wenger was the toast of the town.
A team stuffed full of talent was the object of praise from all quarters and plans were afoot that would see the North London side move from Highbuty to their brand spanking new home down the road….
Things were rosy….
There has then followed 11 seasons of relative failure and perhaps surprisingly Arsene Wenger remains employed by the club.
2015/16 represents, arguably, Wenger’s best chance of ending that lengthy title drought, especially given speculation that Jose Mourinho is to take over at Man United and with Pep Guardiola having already agreed to become the next Man City boss ahead of 2016/17.
The likes of Chelsea and Man United have both hit the self-destruct buttons this term and unlikely leaders Leicester City are topping the pile.
Many expect the Foxes to fall away but Claudio Ranieri’s men have steadfastly kept up their push for a Premier League title triumph that even Nostradamus himself couldn’t have predicted. Wins against Liverpool and away at Man City leave the King Power Stadium five points clear.
This has led to the odds on Arsenal to secure the championship lengthening and now 9/4, with Paddy Power looks a smart bet indeed.
Wenger’s men will host Leicester City this coming weekend and Arsenal thumped the leaders 5-2 when they met earlier in the campaign and a win for the Gunners would blow the title race wide open once again.
Arsenal should have invested heavily in the January transfer market but chose instead to sign an Egyptian midfielder most of you would never have heard of, such is the way Wenger looks to play the ‘transfer game’, and one thing is for sure, if the Emirates Stadium side fail to win the Premier League this season then the knives will be out for Wenger with the likes of Piers Morgan, and surely a significant proportion of the club’s fan-base, likely to demand their long serving manager falls on his sword, or is simply disemboweled by the board.