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Jamie Redknapp believes the Gunners have to be considered as serious contenders for the Premier League crown, with many of their players 'the real deal'

Arsenal have "real game-changers" who can help them to challenge for the Premier League title, according to Jamie Redknapp.

The Gunners’ long wait for the English top-flight crown is well-documented, with the ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 the last side to take the trophy to north London.

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Arsene Wenger is hoping that barren run will soon come to an end, with his side well placed to launch an assault on the summit.

His side sit just three points off the pace at present and are unbeaten in all competitions since the opening day of the season.

A lot of hard work, and plenty of money, has been pumped into a playing staff that are now considered to be among the finest in the business.

Redknapp sees no reason why they cannot compete for major honours, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil providing a touch of class in the final third and stability returned at the back with the inconsistent Per Mertesacker out of the picture.

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He wrote in his column for Sky Sports : "Arsenal are definitely one of them [title contenders].

"They have real game-changers in Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, and Olivier Giroud is looking like a good option off the bench.

"The defence looks better than it's ever looked, too. It was difficult to see them winning the league with Per Mertesacker in the team, but Laurent Koscielny and Skhodran Mustafi look like the real deal."

Arsenal will hope to strengthen their position before the end of the calendar year, with a favourable run of fixtures – on paper - set to carry them through the rest of 2016.

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An EFL Cup quarter-final clash with Southampton on Wednesday could move them a step closer to silverware, while they are already assured of Champions League progress heading into a final group stage fixture against Basel.

In the Premier League, Wenger’s men will face West Ham, Stoke, Everton and West Brom before welcoming in 2017, with a trip to Manchester City on December 18 presenting them with arguably their toughest test.

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