5 Keys to Success for Arsenal in 2014/15

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

5 Keys to Success for Arsenal in 2014/15

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    The 2014/15 season promises much for Arsenal. Having ended the previous campaign with their first silverware in almost a decade, the Gunners have enjoyed a stable summer and are ready for another assault on the Premier League.

    There are a myriad of factors that contribute to a successful season. However, in this piece, we identify the five things that will be most crucial to Arsenal's chances over the coming months.

    Go to the next slide to discover the keys to Arsenal enjoying a memorable 2014/15. 

Mesut Ozil's Improvement

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    After undergoing a season of adaptation in 2013/14, Mesut Ozil should be ready to make his presence felt in the Premier League.

    Arsenal passed up the chance to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer, so the onus is on Ozil to prove that decision correct. If he hits top form, he could be the creative spark to push Arsenal toward glory. 

Aaron Ramsey's Fitness

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    The four-month absence of Aaron Ramsey last season may have cost Arsenal the title. He is absolutely integral to their hopes.

    If Arsenal are to achieve their goals this season, it is imperative that Ramsey remains fit. 

Finding a New Centre-Half

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    Arsenal are still very short of cover at centre-half. They need to bring someone in to provide cover and competition for the first-choice pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

    Arsenal seem to have got their man. According to James Orr of The Independent, a deal for Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas is imminent.

    The Gunners must tie that signing up to ensure they have the requisite depth for the season ahead. 

Can Alexis Sanchez Play as a Centre-Forward?

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    Arsenal have not brought in a conventional No. 9 to challenge Olivier Giroud, so instead they must hope that new boy Alexis Sanchez can make the transition from winger to central striker.

    Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie have both managed that at Arsenal in the past. Arsene Wenger will hope that Sanchez is every bit as successful. 

Arteta's Stamina

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    Mikel Arteta will turn 33 this season. However, he has just been named club captain, so he is unlikely to be dropped any time soon. Arsenal fans will have to hope his wearying legs can carry him through the campaign.

    At his best, Arteta is an intelligent and poised holding midfielder. Arsene Wenger may have to ensure he rests the Spaniard when required to ensure he is still going strong in May.