Arsenal has had various spells of success and failure of sorts. The Gunners have gone undefeated for an entire season and won the Premier League title. They have also experienced a pretty long stretch without winning major silverware.
Each season seems to be the one which Arsenal will finally win a trophy, but there is something that prevents them for achieving glory.
This summer, the Gunners have been quick to make adjustments, making great acquisitions of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla. Steve Bould's addition as assistant coach was another huge addition. His defensive impacts are already visible on the pitch as Arsenal is yet to concede a goal in the Premier League.
The Gunners are the only team in the whole of England who haven't let in a goal as yet.
Despite having had two 0-0 draws to start off the 2012-2013 campaign, Arsenal managed to score two goals in an impressive victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
This is a good sign and could be an insight as to how the rest of the season will unfold.
This isn't indicative of how Arsenal can become the top of European football, but it is related to a process that Arsenal will need to undergo to achieve that success.
Arsenal can achieve this goal by ending their trophy drought this season. If the Gunners can keep up their defensive solidity throughout the season and each tournament in between, a trophy shouldn't be too far from Arsenal's reach.
In recent years, top players have left the club because they felt that Arsenal lacked the necessary ambition to win a trophy. If Arsenal can win the League Cup, FA Cup or any major trophy, it could persuade the Arsenal players that the club has potential to rise as a team.
With a trophy, it's the likelihood of good players leaving Arsenal would decrease. In the future, those players might not leave at all.
Arsenal has the potential to be one of the best European clubs also because of the team's youth.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere give the Gunners a bright future. Players like Carl Jenkinson, Ryo Miyaichi, Thomas Eisfeld and Benik Afobe are also on the rise.
That said, let's look at a few youngsters on the team.
So far, Carl Jenkinson has been very good on defense. He has made good tackles and stops this season. He was not one of Arsenal's best defenders last season, often making crucial mistakes.
The part of his game that needs to improve now is his offense. In the recent match against Liverpool, he was making passes along the back line that could have resulted in an opposition goal. He will need to improve on this to make himself a premier right-back.
It is rather hard to believe that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is 19-years-old, yet he is a very deadly winger with his speed, change of pace and great dribbling skills.
Last year, he showed signs of a breakthrough that I believe we'll see this season.
He started the match against Liverpool and was a threat on the attack with his good dribbling while also making good, key passes.
With his array of ball skills, Chamberlain doesn't seem like a youngster. But he still has a long way to go.
Thomas Eisfeld really started showing up during the preseason matches. He managed to score goals due to his good offensive positioning and also managed to remain a constant threat while on the attack.
At 19-years-old, he looks to be one of the promising youngsters in world football. He has the potential to become a world-class player, one that Arsenal must keep for the future.
Ultimately, Arsenal's eye for potential has resulted in the creation of some of the best players: Thierry Henry, Cesc Fábregas, Robin van Persie and many more.
If Arsenal can end its trophy drought and continue its production of strong, young players, the Gunners will have what it takes to become the top European football club.
However, the Gunners must first win a trophy. It will allow Arsenal to find a reinvigorated hope that they can become the best.
From there, Arsenal might retain some of their best players. If they youngsters can reach the height of their true potential and stay with the Gunners as they reach their peaks, becoming the best team might be in reach.
Do you think Arsenal is capable of achieving this ultimate task? Will the Gunners be able to end their long trophy drought? Will the team be able to retain their best players in the future?
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