It is fair to consider Arsenal as possible winners of the 22/23 season after they've held the top spot over defending champions, Manchester City, proving their credibility for the league title.
We shall review factors that favor the Gunners as title favorites, and here are aspects boosting the team's odds this season.
Squad Depth and Talent
Cover for Injuries
Compared to teams like Chelsea, held back by injuries, Arsenal can replace their key players for continued impressive performances.
Recently, first-choice striker, Gabriel Jesus, got injured on international duty and was replaced by youngster Eddie Nketiah.
To prove Nketiah’s pedigree, he was initially projected to be the starting forward before signing Jesus from Manchester City.
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Cover for Other Cup Tournaments
Arsenal has been able to remain relevant in most cup tournaments and remain clear on top of the league.
Arteta has the pieces to move around in all these competitions with the available talent and despite having injuries.
For instance, he can use Fabio Vieira for domestic cups instead of Odegaard, while he uses youngsters like Reece Nelson to replace or cover for injured Zinchenko or Tierney.
Therefore, maintaining a grip on the top position is possible with the available squad depth.
Also, the team can win a domestic cup or challenge for the Europa trophy with top European teams.
Improvement of Key Players
Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have been integral to Arsenal's push for the title.
However, there are some surprising performances from other stars, especially in the midfield position.
These players include Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, and Martin Odegaard.
The three are arguably the best midfield combo in the league, where each player's game complements the other.
We have seen Xhaka go forward and score more, while Odegaard has been able to execute his number 10 role effectively.
They are offered this freedom, with Partey being solid in the CDM position all season.
Moreover, he has been able to score a couple of goals with the team's fluid gameplay.
Mikel Arteta's Capability
Speaking of Arsenal's gameplay, the coach has been praised by many, including coaching opponents.
Arteta's playbook has been superb, giving us more than a glimpse of what he's been up to since his appointment.
As a former Pep Guardiola assistant, it might be a case of a student outclassing his teacher, as it is clear that Arsenal might go all the way.
With the season mid-way, it's not too early to assume Arsenal as the incoming champion, but only time will tell as the league had a share of its drama before.
Nonetheless, above are the factors favoring the gunners to push for the title this season.