Daily Debate: Can Arsenal win the title?

After Alexis Sanchez's signing was sealed, two TEAMtalk writers debate whether Arsenal may finally reclaim the Premier League crown in 2014/15.

Last Updated: 17/09/14 at 16:03 Post Comment

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Will Arsenal win the 2014/15 Premier League?

After years of near misses and end-of-season heartbreaks, Arsenal finally secured their first trophy in nearly a decade last season. Their dramatic FA Cup win over Hull in May is said to beckon a new era for Arsenal who, having serviced their stadium debts, are now capable of spending the money required to battle for world class players.

Mesut Ozil passed through the door on transfer deadline day last September in a club record £40million+ deal, and he has now been joined by former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, who shone at the World Cup for Chile.

With the club no longer having to sell their star assets to buy, Arsene Wenger is reportedly also closing on deals for World Cup winning midfielder Sami Khedira and Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, while others will almost certainly follow.

The question remains, however: will this Arsenal side take home their first Premier League title since 2004?

Matt Stead and Matt Briggs have their say...

Matt Stead (@MattStead91) - Yes

After the long-running joke of Arsenal's 'boom-bust' cycle - whereby they start the season well on all fronts before collapsing by February - was finally laid to rest last season, this truly does feel like a new beginning for the Gunners.

The FA Cup win in May has seemed to lift the largest of proverbial weights off the shoulders of all around the club, not least the boss, Arsene Wenger. The shackles are off now, and the feel-good factor has truly returned.

The main problems that Arsenal seemed to have last season were injuries to key players are the most inopportune times, and their substandard performances in the 'big' games.

Additions such as Sanchez not only add true, proven quality to the side, it adds squad depth and it will provide the likes of the returning Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with renewed inspiration. Competition for the forward players will be rife and is healthy for the squad. If the club can add the likes of Debuchy and Khedira to an already excellent group of players, they'll be tough to contend with.

Also, this season could well be the season where we see the likes of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain make the sudden step up, similar to how Aaron Ramsey emerged as Arsenal's stand-out player last season.

So the rest lies with the manager. Wenger's frailties were highlighted to the extreme last season, as Arsenal were pummelled by Manchester City (6-3), Chelsea (6-0) and Liverpool (5-1) in games against sides at the top of the table. Still one of the finest managers in the game, Wenger should be capable of learning from his mistakes in those games, making his side less porous and far more difficult to beat.

If it all clicks, Arsenal are the favourites. They have the belief back, their defence as it is is already one of the best in the league, and they've simply added more quality and depth to a fierce front-line.

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Matt Briggs (@MattPBriggs) - No

Of the title challengers I believe only Liverpool will be weaker this season. Brendan Rodgers is desperately trying to replace Luiz Suarez but it looks as though quantity rather than quality will be the order of the day at Anfield. Chelsea have added Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and while Costa was a World Cup flop, I believe he will be an upgrade on Fernando Torres. As for Fabregas, he could be the most inspired signing of the summer.

Manchester United will start the season with the knowhow of Louis van Gaal and he is sure to get an improvement from United and will be looking to add to the Old Trafford squad.

Champions Manchester City have added Fernando and look set to bring in rock-like centre-back Eliaquim Mangala and they will almost certainly be challenging for the title again with Manuel Pellegrini at the hub.

So Arsenal, despite the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, will find it tough going. I do think Sanchez will prove to be a good acquisition, but I'm almost certain he will not be joined by any more big-money buys - it's not Arsene Wenger's style - it's more likely he bring in two or three more 'for the future'.

Wenger's men were seven points behind the champions last term and while that is not a huge total, I think psychology will take over for Arsenal in the last few months of the season and they may well suffer again in the run-in after a strong start.

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