Arsenal Battles for Premier League Supremacy

While things might not be looking too cheery for Arsenal in the Champions League, the team's prospects for the Premier League are looking decidedly more sunny based on the squad's current current form.

Arsenal suffered a difficult defeat against Dinamo Zagreb that has been fraught with controversy. Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi failed a doping test following the team's 2-1 victory over Arsenal, but UEFA has confirmed that the positive test would not have any effect on the outcome of the game and the results will stand.

The Gunners also lost against Greek side Olympiacos and sits in the bottom of its group with only Bayern Munich left to play on October 20. The Champions League performance is surely disappointing for the squad after being drawn into a group from which many expected them to easily advance. The second place team in the group continues European competition in the less prestigious UEFA Europa League.

Although things may be appear grim for the Gunners in the Champions League, the prospects of winning the Premier League are looking good.After a decisive win against Manchester United, the team's odds of winning the title are listed at shorter than 3/1. Just in case you don't remember, the title would be the first for the club since its undefeated season in 2003.

While the Gunners are eyeing an exit from the Champions League, the hope is that it will leave more room to focus on winning the Premier League trophy. Outspoken Arsenal supporter and shareholder Piers Morgan said that he feels that without the additional schedule strain of the Champions League, the team has what it takes to make a serious run at the title. Arsenal currently sits second in the league, two points behind first place Manchester City.

Morgan discussed his predictions during Drivetime with co-host Adrian Durham.

“It will be the worst Champions League exit for a number of years for Arsenal and confirms my view that things are not as rosy as the Wenger-brigade would like to have it," Morgan said. "It will be the worst Champions League exit for a number of years for Arsenal and confirms my view that things are not as rosy as the Wenger-brigade would like to have it." Morgan went on to explain that without the distraction of European soccer, he believes the team has a fair chance to win the domestic league.

And Morgan isn't the only one confident in the team's league future. In an interview with the German magazine Bild, German midfield-maestro Mesut Ozil said that he feels the team has what it takes to win the title. “We have a great team with many world-class players,” he said. “Our goal is to win the Premier League and I think that this season it’s possible to do it, if we all stay healthy. But the season is long.”

French midfielder Francis Coquelin agrees with his teammate about the squad's potential.“We are getting stronger against the big teams. We beat City last season, now United. It’s all about consistency. The league is getting tougher, so we need to be getting results every week," Coquelin said. "We knew we had to put it right after Olympiacos and that’s what we’ve done.”

Ozil and Coquelin are definitely right about one thing, consistency is going to be key if Arsenal hopes to achieve its lofty ambitions. The team's recent victory over Manchester United is a step in the right direction, but maintaining the momentum throughout the season will be the deciding factor.

the big teams. We beat City last season, now United. It’s all about consistency. The league is getting tougher, so we need to be getting results every week," Coquelin said. "We knew we had to put it right after Olympiacos and that’s what we’ve done.”

Ozil and Coquelin are definitely right about one thing, consistency is going to be key if Arsenal hopes to achieve its lofty ambitions. The team's recent victory over Manchester United is a step in the right direction, but maintaining the momentum throughout the season will be the deciding factor.

12/10/15

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