Arsenal on course for historic treble after strong early start

Arsenal fans have reasons to be hopeful that their club can deliver some silverware this season after the start the Gunners have made to their campaign.

The north London club are still on course for a historic treble as they are flying high in the Premier League, where they currently sit fourth in the standings – just two points off the top of the table which is occupied by Liverpool. Arsène Wenger’s side have qualified once again for the last 16 of the Champions League, while they have a quarter-final tie in the EFL Cup to look forward to.

Arsenal FC Warm Up(CC BY 2.0) by Kieran Clarke

The Gunners have not lost in any competition since their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on the opening game of the season. They have had wins over Chelsea, Southampton and Watford in the Premier League, while they recently drew 1-1 with rivals Tottenham to remain above Spurs in the table.

Arsenal can be backed at 6/1 at the time of writing with many of the top football betting sites for the Premier League title this season. With very little between the top four in the table, the bookmakers make Manchester City the marginal favourites, however, Pep Guardiola’s side have struggled for consistency despite a number of high-profile signings in the summer.

If Arsenal are to complete an unlikely treble this season, the toughest leg will be the Champions League. The Gunners have never won Europe’s premier competition, but they did come close in 2006 when they lost in the final to Barcelona 2-1 in Paris. The English side took the lead through Sol Campbell, however, goals from Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti sealed the win for the Spanish giants.

Arsène Wenger looks on” (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Arsenal are yet to learn who their last 16 opponents will be in the competition this season. They will be hoping to top their group which will in, theory, give them an easier fixture in the next round. A lot will depend on whether they can avoid defeat when they host PSG later this month in the penultimate game of the group stage of the tournament.

The first piece of silverware which will be handed out this season will be EFL Cup and it is a competition that Arsenal have not won since 1993. Wenger has often used this tournament as an opportunity to give some of the younger members of his squad some senior first-team football, however, he has fielded much stronger line ups this year and he has been rewarded so far.

Arsenal were fortunate to receive a home draw in the quarter-final where they will take on Southampton for a place in the last four. Wenger will be confident his side can progress and will already be thinking about trying to book at spot at Wembley for the final.

The key for the treble this season and the prospect of any silverware will come down to injuries. Wenger has been crippled with injuries to key players in recent years, however, if he keeps the majority of his squad fit, this group could achieve something special this season

7 thoughts on “Arsenal on course for historic treble after strong early start

  1. Orson Kaert says:

    Treble? Why not the Quadruple? EFL Cup, FA Cup, Premiership and Champions League. While we are about it, Why not the Super Cup too?

    By the time Arsenal have won all four of those, no doubt we will be contesting the Interplanetry Club Championship.

  2. Harry says:

    I’ll have a pint (or three) of whatever Matt’s been drinking.

  3. Buckagh says:

    Harry,

    I like your optimism Matt, but unfortunately that’s all it is

  4. thebigM says:

    Strong early start?
    OK, we haven’t been beaten since the first day of the season, but if you look at the fixtures we have played – we have managed to beat Hull, Sunderland, Burnley, Southampton, Watford and one stand-out victory against Chelsea, from among the relegation candidates…
    Barring Chelsea, results against the stronger teams have been mediocre:
    3-4 Liverpool
    0-0 Leicester
    1-1 Spurs
    1-1 Man Utd
    Performances against these teams have also been poor.
    Although the improved defensive stability (I think) is encouraging – I’m not sure we are going to mount a serious challenge for the title as we still lack enough consistent goal scorers.

  5. Arsetralian says:

    I must say it was not well advertised that a high scoring draw would leave us behind PSG

    All the talk was a draw would not be such a bad result with our +3 GD

    Balls!

  6. Arsetralian says:

    I am a pretty positive supporter but on past history and current form there is really only one group we can hope to progress further in this competition. B. Napoli, Benfica or Besiktas.

    Any other Group leaders look too strong sadly. Again we have blown it by not winning group but that tells its own story. Just not good enough I’m afraid

  7. Pete the Thirst says:

    I thought the headline was Ironic!

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