The Arsenal football club has been one of the most successful clubs in England, winning 13 First Division/Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. However, the last few years have been tough for the Gunners, as they have failed to win any major trophies. But all this changed under the leadership of the talented Mikel Arteta in the 2022-2023 season.
The Spaniard’s tactical nous and man-management skills helped the team to an impressive Premier League run when they are ranked first after 10 games. The question is, can these performances continue, and how the world cup would affect their performance if any?
The World Cup will be held in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first time the tournament is held in an Arabic-speaking country in Asia. It is also the first World Cup to be held entirely in one time zone, which will be UTC+3.
With the date and location set, bookmakers have started to release their predictions for the winner of the prestigious tournament. As of now, the experts of Bwin are predicting that Arsenal will go all the way by the end of the season and compete for the title. The English side is currently at +550, which means that a successful $100 bet would net you a return of $650 should the Gunners win the title.
The Reasons Why Arsenal Will Win the Premier League
Recently, a lot has been said about the closeness and unity of the squad that Arteta and Edu have put together – but this team spirit is what’s responsible for the improvements we’re seeing on the field. The manager difficultly chose to remove some of the older, more disruptive players from the team in order since they tended to act too independently.
The club backed Arteta despite there being little evidence that the changes he was making would be financially successful; The new squad, free of diva personalities, is visibly happy and enjoying its football. This collectivism on the pitch is transmitted to the crowds, who are more involved than they have been in recent memory.
The creativity boost shown in the pitch is linked to how much trust the manager has given his team. The signing of Gabriel Jesus has been a big help to Martinelli, Saka, and Odegaard. Having a striker who is mobile allows them to create more chances.
In 2003/4, Reyes offered Wenger a variety and options back and something similar could happen again. With Partey as a lone No.6, Granit Xhaka can now primarily focus on utilizing his excellent passing further up the pitch.
The Ability to Stay Focused
In recent years, it seems that ill-discipline and rashness have been largely eradicated. No team will ever be without individual errors, but these are now few and far between. Whichever defensive unit is selected concentrates for the whole 90-plus minutes.
This was most notably present in the match against Liverpool, as well as Arsenal rarely conceding goals from corners. It is also perfectly shown when the players all know their roles when Arsenal loses the ball.
Arteta’s leadership is Perfectly illustrated by the dictionary definition of the word. And not just his team, but also the fanbase believes in him and his vision. There is a plethora of evidence for this claim which can be found in the actions, words, and body language of players. The experienced Spaniard, who has only been in the managerial role for a few years, turns out to be an uncompromising motivator and brings out the best in his players.
Is the World Cup Going to Affect Arsenal’s Chances?
Yes and No. The world cup could help Arsenal given the fact that their biggest Rivals, Man City and Liverpool, will have a lot of their players drafted to play for their respective countries. This could help the Gunners by default.
However, the World Cup could also have a negative effect as it could lead to injuries to some of their best players. Leading players like Brazilian center-back Gabriel, the Swiss international Granit Xhaka, and Ghana hero Thomas Partey will all be representing their countries in the world cup which could lead to them getting injured during the tournament.
Arsenal’s chances of winning the premier league championship are good, especially when you take into account that in recent years Leicester and Liverpool, who have not won for many years, succeeded in doing so against powerful Manchester City.
At the same time, despite the advantages detailed in the article, Arsenal’s players are a little inexperienced and some would say less quality than those of the never-ending Citizens and their legendary and successful coach Pep Guardiola.
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