‘Is it not too early’, or perhaps,’ we’ve constantly heard this over the years’ will definitely be on the lips of the fans at the sight of this article but then, we can’t deny the fact that Arsenal have been in quite a scintillating form in the premier league this month.
Their game against Chelsea over the weekend was meant to be a test of character against a team who they have not only won but have also not scored in five years, and they passed it in aplomb, to the delight of Arsenal fans over the world.
Should we therefore now start taking Arsene Wenger’s side as serious title contenders? Here are five reasons why I think so;
One thing that Arsene Wenger’s side had been lacking over the years is the ability to replace any first team player that gets injured. This season, Arsene Wenger has plugged that gap with a very good backup for every position. Who would have imagined Arsenal going on such a run with Ramsey injured or Olivier Giroud no longer a part of Arsenal’s first XI. Per Mertasacker’s absence is no longer felt and the fact that Arsene Wenger has insisted Ospina will be his Champions league goalkeeper just goes to show how much quality Arsene Wenger has on his bench.
Giroud, always score goals but fact is, he goes missing when he is needed most. Even as he is struggling to settle for a place on the bench due to the inspirational form of Alexis Sanchez, he still managed to adapt to the position initially, and is finally embracing it as a mainstay in his career and most importantly, producing the results. Stats has it that he has scored 46 goals in his 100 games for the club, just one short of club legend, Thierry Henry in his first 100 games for the club and fact is, the signs looks all positive and Arsene Wenger will just be hoping the Chilean continues to score to justify his decision to turn him from a winger to a striker.
The amazing thing so far about Iwobi this season is his ability to control a game with aplomb ease consistently. The Nigerian star burst into the scene last season and has made himself a mainstay in Arsenal’s squad, something that has pleased Arsene Wenger. “The perception he has of the game and the speed of his decision-making struck me. Wenger told Arsenal website“When you look at him at first there is nothing special there. But after when you look, he is always connecting with others at a very high level and a very high pace. That’s why I think he is improving. He has still a lot of work to do but he has something that is very important at the top level”.
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The thing about football these days is, you probably got to have different plans for some teams due to the different styles being deployed by different coaches in modern football. One thing that had been working against Arsene Wenger over the years is his insistence to stick to his positive free flowing football, even when its not working. Now Arsene Wenger isn’t scared of going dirty, playing real hard in order to protect a vital victory. Wenger also easily switches formation to suit his side like we saw over the weekend with Koscielny taking Costa out of the game and Willian and Hazard having little or no impact.
This will probably be the most important addition for Arsene Wenger in recent years, as for the first time, Arsene Wenger spent huge to sign a refined defender. The German defender has taken to the premier league with consummate ease and has been a formidable force in Arsenal’s defence alongside Laurent Koscielny, who has constantly improved over the years in the premier league, something Arsenal fans have been crying out for over the years due to the decline of Per Mertasacker. If he and Koscielny can stay fit, they would be vital to Arsenal having a challenging season.