This former battler believes Wenger’s side should not be written off just yet.
The former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira insists his old club can win trophies this season but that they must find a consistency that has so far eluded them this term”It will be hard but I don’t write them off,” said the Frenchman. “If they can find a way to perform together week after week they can fight for the title.
“I was expecting them to be a little bit better than what they’re doing. I expected them to be closer to first place so it’s disappointing so far.
“But there’s a long way to go and I’m sure they’ll be up there fighting for the title at the end of the season. They are capable of winning trophies this season.”
Vieira, 32, believes the sale of key players last summer has been to Arsenal’s detriment, but he feels the young replacements should be given more time to prove themselves.
“You need to keep your best players,” he said. “Last year they lost (Mathieu) Flamini, Gilberto Silva, (Alexander) Hleb and Philippe Senderos, which is too many and they were important players the year before.
“Now you look at the average age of the squad and you need to be patient. They are young and need time to perform game after game.” (BBC Sport)
I agree with Mr. Vieira in both his thoughts on why Arsenal haven’t perhaps been as effective as it could have been this season and that it’s also far too early to rule Arsene’s men out of the title race. After all the north London club are only eight points off the pace and given that gap could reduce this weekend against Liverpool anyone righting off the side is acting a tad too swiftly. I am sure that Gunners fans are keen to see Wenger bring a player or two in the January transfer window to help fuel both the title bid and their Champions League campaign. Do Emirates supporters feel that the club can fight their way back into the title race?