With eight games to play, the doubts raised over Arsenal’s title-winning credibility earlier this season have seemingly come to fruition.
A lack of killer instinct, poor finishing and an unfortunate injury curse; all common complaints of the north London team, and ones that have perhaps cost them the title.
But despite sitting a hefty eleven points behind surprise leaders Leicester City (with a game in hand), Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have not lost hope in their search for a first league title in over ten years.
With some players coming back to form, and others returning from the operating table, it is not beyond them to string together an impressive winning run and put pressure on those above.
And one player hoping the Premier League will return to the Gunners is their ex-captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Unsurprisingly, the centre back has fond memories of his time in north London, and says he “wishes them well” in their late season charge.
“In England a lot can happen,” Vermaelen, who transferred to Barcelona two years ago, told Sky Sports.
“You see crazy results every weekend. Leicester are doing great, but you have to wait for them to drop points and hopefully Arsenal can go on a good run.”
He’s not the only one wishing Arsenal to a league title. Wenger claimed earlier this month that the title race was “far from over.” If Leicester begin to falter in their remaining seven games, Arsenal should be ready to pounce.
If a lot goes the right way, the Arsenal fans could well be celebrating alongside Vermaelen come the end of the season.