Arteta now faces ‘really big moment’ at the Emirates

Arsenal need to be “taken seriously as title candidates” after their fantastic start to the season, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League table, five points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

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As domestic action has now been temporarily halted for the upcoming World Cup, manager Mikel Arteta will have time to reflect on a very pleasing opening 14 games, in which his side look to be formulating a bid for a first league title since 2004.

In their previous three league games, Arteta’s men have shown signs of being real contenders this season, winning all of them without conceding a single goal, with a 1-0 win at Chelsea likely to be especially pleasing for the Gunners’ faithful.

It is going to be a difficult ask for Arsenal to prise the title away from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City though, and they may need reinforcements in the January window.

Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has been heavily linked to the club, although he has recently expressed his shock to Sport Arena at the £87m price tag that his club have put on him, to dissuade any deal from taking place.

Another option is central-midfielder Youri Tielemans from Leicester City, and Football London report that Arteta may accelerate a deal to bring him to the club, rather than waiting until his contract expires at the end of the season.

What has Jones said about Arsenal?

Whether reinforcements come in or not, Jones spoke favourably about Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League, outlining them as real contenders despite the break coming at the wrong time.

In an interview with GIVEMESPORT, Jones said:

“It feels like a really big moment for Arsenal, they’ve proved everybody wrong on a week-by-week basis, and at this point, we have to take them seriously as title candidates.

“I don’t think they want this break to come at this moment in time, but at the same time it gives them a moment to reflect on what’s gone well and what will be needed for the second half of the season.”

Could Arsenal win the league?

Although the Gunners have undoubtedly shown promising signs in the early stages, there is still a long way to go in the Premier League season, and Arteta’s side do not have the experience in title races possessed by Man City.

Not only that, but fixtures will really start to become congested when the season resumes, owing to Arsenal’s progression in the Europa League, so they may need to strengthen in January to ensure that they have a squad big enough to compete on all fronts, with Mudryk and Tielemans both very good options.

If they are able to make additions of this quality, the north Londoners could pose a very serious title threat to reigning champions Man City, especially with such a talented manager at the helm, and Guardiola has recently indicated that he may have learned more from Arteta than vice versa during their time working together.

Given City have the experience of doing battle with Liverpool in very close title races in the past, it is still likely that they will triumph again, but Arsenal should not be ruled out.

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