A place in the Champions League would be a defining moment in Arsenal’s attempts to get back to past glories. These past glories consisted of fighting with Manchester United year after year for the Premier League title and with Arsenal looking like they’ll finish above United for the past three years, a new Arsenal dominance in this rivalry could be on the cards.
Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær looked as if they had the team to fight for titles this year, following the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Their team, however, now lies behind Arsenal despite having played three more and playing more like a group of individuals than a collective.
This was the case for all to see on Saturday, as Ronaldo dragged his team to victory with his hat-trick in a 3-2 win against Spurs. In comparison, Mikel Arteta’s side showed cohesion and unity as a Partey header from a set-piece, something United have only managed to do twice all season. This was followed by a Lacazette penalty as Arteta’s team took all three points against Leicester City.
Arsenal of today are one not just for now but also for the future. The closest to resemble the Arsenal of under Wenger, famous for their invincible season in 2003/04, this team has room for improvement, being the average youngest in the Premier League this season at 24 yrs and 230 days.
Arteta has stated all along that he has a plan. This is to rely on youth, develop them into a team who can play out of the back and control possession. If a striker were to be added in the summer as well as a CDM, could the next part of Arteta’s plan be challenging for a title? One thing is for sure and that is Champions League qualification could be the catalyst for this and the Gooners are well on their way to securing this vital achievement.