Of course it is good to know that Arsenal have been the best club in the Premier League since the start of 2015, although it did not start too well. When the Gunners came back from today’s opponents Southampton on new years day, not only had we lost the game but we had lost any realistic chance of challenging for the Premier League title.
So Arsene Wenger is understandably pleased at the improvements that individual Arsenal players and the whole first team as a unit have made since then. As a Sky Sports report explains, however, the Frenchman knows that \arsenal need to carry on doing the things that have seen us collect more EPL points in 2015 than any other.
The boss spoke about the key aspects where he feels Arsenal have got better and solved the issues that made last season’s title challenge an unsuccessful one, such as our defensive strength and the performances in the key games against our big rivals.
But he also spoke about the confidence and momentum that the Gunners have gained from solving these problems and keeping this going is the key to Arsenal finally getting our hands on the big trophy once more.
Wenger said, “The confidence is very high. Confidence is built up very slowly and goes very quickly, so let’s take care of our next performance.
“We have been top of the league (at various times) in previous years and I think football is pragmatic.
“Nobody can predict what can happen in the next 17 games for example and you just want to go with the same attitude and spirit.
“The only thing I can say is 2015, if you look back and try to analyse it, we have been consistent.
“We have had quite a positive year, stabilising our defensive record and improving our record against the strong teams in the Premier League, so it looks like we are on the right train going the right way.
“The real pressure is not to go down,” he said. “All the rest is positive pressure. Who will win the title? Nobody knows.”
Well if Arsenal can keep doing the things that we did in 2015, you would have to make us the favourites. But as Wenger says, we have been here before, so can we maintain our levels this time?