With another three points collected in a professional manner on Saturday, talk of titles raised their head once again.

Could Arsene Wenger’s men really challenge for the title this season or will they do what they’ve done so many times in the past and find it just beyond their reach?

Here are five things that need to happen in order that Arsenal can claim their first title in over a decade.

Remain relatively injury free

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud punches the ground as he lies injured during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle and Arsenal at St James Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, north east England on March 21, 2015. Arsenal won the match 1-2. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF
AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

I don’t care what anyone says, injuries have cost Arsenal over the past few seasons. You can call it excuse making, but there is no doubting that playing with most of your squad fit makes things infinitely easier than playing with more than half your squad missing.

City, Chelsea and Liverpool have all had it relatively easy on the injury front over recent seasons when compared to Arsenal and even Manchester United. If the Gunners are to have any thoughts of winning the title they need to avoid lengthy injuries to too many of their most important players and ensure that any muscle problems are dealt with quickly and effectively.

Stop doing stupid things

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) and assistant manager Steve Bould (2R) watch the action from the dug out during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Arsenal and Olympiakos at The Emirates Stadium in north London on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

More than any other side in the division, Arsenal rarely lose games but beat themselves. They have a tendency to self-destruct in the most spectacular and unique ways and they need to cut that nonsense out.

Take points from top six rivals

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Ashley Young of Manchester United looks dejected after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The title this season looks like it’s going to be between Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal meaning that the points taken off each other will be vital. United and City are too strong to rely on them dropping points against the so-called smaller clubs so Arsenal not only need to ensure they do the same but they must make sure their rivals don’t take maximum points against them.

Be consistent

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud applauds supporters after the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on October 17, 2015. Arsenal won the game 3-0. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

About the only thing you can say about Arsenal over recent years is that they have been consistently inconsistent. This happens when you have an unsettled squad due to a ton of injuries. League winners are consistently consistent and the Gunners need to find a way to do that.

Believe in themselves

Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) and Arsenal's German defender Per Mertesacker celebrate their win after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on August 16, 2015. Arsenal won the game 2-1. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

When you look at the Arsenal squad on paper it is excellent. It is a squad that should challenge for the title without question. The problem is, many of the players don’t seem to believe in themselves quite enough and suffer stage fright. With the addition of Petr Cech in the summer, they know have another player accustomed to winning trophies and closing out leagues. His experience on this front will be invaluable.

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