During their Premier League history, Arsenal have been almost superglued to the top end of the league table, finishing fourth or better for seasons spanning two decades.
Under long-time manager, Arsène Wenger, they remain among the very best in the Premier League.
Despite this, they haven’t won the league title since 2003-04 and their success remains confined to two straight FA Cups in recent years.
Can Arsenal make the Premier League theirs again in 2015-16? Let’s take a closer look.
History in Premier League
Arsenal have won three Premier League titles, which makes the Gunners one of the three most successful clubs in Premier League history.
They began life in the new league with a disappointing 10th place finish, while their position of 12th in 1994-95 remains their worst standing in the Premier League to date.
The arrival of Arsène Wenger in 1996 ushered in a new phase for Arsenal, and with it came a great deal of success.
They won the league and cup double in 1997-98 and again 2001-02. Their unbeaten run throughout the whole of the 2003-04 saw the side dubbed ‘The Invincibles’.
After spells at AS Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, Wenger took the reins at Arsenal as a virtual unknown in the Premier League – but that would soon change.
Indeed, the Frenchman didn’t take long to adapt to life in the Premier League. He won the title in his second season after a third-place finish in his first. The way he led his team to unbeaten 49 game run from 2003 to 2004 remains a record and is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
Much of Wenger’s success boils down to his focus on developing young talent. For example, the likes of Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fàbregas are players that burst onto the world stage under the Arsenal boss’s watch.
With the Gunners still in search of their first league title since 2004, the presence of Mesut Özil certainly boosts their hopes of winning it. In fact, the 27-year-old midfielder’s form in the latter part of the season could make or break the Gunners’ chances of success this term.
Özil joined Arsenal back in September 2013 for a reported £42.5m from Real Madrid – a fee which makes him the most expensive German footballer of all time.
It’s worth noting that Arsenal have never finished outside of the top four under Wenger and that there’s no doubt that the Gunners are a great side.
However, a lack of adjustment in the face of different opposition is often their undoing.
With this in mind, we put the Gunners as third favourites to win the league at 5/1, behind high-flying Spurs and Leicester.