Arsenal’s secret champions

During an excellent interview with Granit Xhaka, the interviewer mentioned about Arsenal having a lack of players with experience in being a title race.

Arsenal actually have a whole host of “secret Champions”.

Gabriel Jesus and Olexsandr Zinchenko

We all know about Gabriel Jesus and Olexsandr Zinchenko. It has been well documented that the pair “bout a winning mentality to the club”.

Jesus has won 4 Premier League titles and a further championship in Brazil prior to joining Manchester City.

It is also 4 league titles for Zinchenko at Man City.

Kieran Tierney

The Scotsman won his first league title at Celtic at just 18.

In total he won 4 SPL medals prior to joining Arsenal.

Mohammed Elneny

A four time Swiss league winner with Basel.

Granit Xhaka

Two Swiss league titles for Granit Xhaka in his first two seasons with Basel.

Fabio Vieira

Won the Portuguese top division twice whilst at Porto.

Leandro Trossard

Scored 14 goals in 34 games as Genk won the 2018/19 Belgium title.

Ben White

A Championship winner with Leeds. It might not be the top division of English football, but he has the experience of the pressure being top of the league.

Jesus: 5 league titles
Zinchenko: 4
Tierney: 4
Elneny: 4
Xhaka: 2
Vieira: 2
Trossard: 1
Ben White: 1

Some fans will now say “but these are not the same pressures as the Premier League”, and those people will be wrong.

Chasing a league, no matter the level, is highly pressurised. And you could argue that at the top of the game, players will have more help in dealing with the pressure.

The 8 players to have won the league for us will be able to share their experiences with those that haven’t.

It is not just Jesus and Zinchenko, it is nearly a whole starting XI of champions we have.

And that list doesn’t even include our Champions League, European Championship and Olympic winners!



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