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How’s it shaping up so far.

September 21, 2013

Like a lot of Arsenal fans I have high hopes for this season. The teams performances towards the end of last season showed not only could we play football, but we could fight to get a result as well.

The summer was all about hoping we would add to the squad and improve it. The money was in place. Also we needed to get rid of quite a number of players.

In the end we brought in only four players, two from the Range Sanago and Viviano that will hopefully turn out good purchases. One from Selfridges Flamini, who could be very useful and one from Harrods in Özil.

I feel it was just as important to get rid of a number of players who looked to me too lightweight for the Premier League. The only one we could not shift was Bendtner.

Arsene has ended up with a leaner and maybe meaner squad. Like a lot of todays armies less focused on overwhelming man power, rather stronger leaner special forces.

On paper the squad really does look good. The problem is football is played on grass and you cannot legislate for injuries.

So after a good pre-season set of games where Arsenal only lost one game in the Emirates Cup to Galatasaray, we also picked up some injuries. This was not helped with Podolski getting injured against Villa. Added to TV5 and Areta getting injured the squad was already looking thin.

So after the opening days result lots of questions were being asked. Losing at home to Aston Villa is not good, they do seem to be a sort of bogey team at the Emirates.

All the usual questions, debates and expert opinion were then given.

As usual the upshot was we’re not good enough to challenge and that this season it was more than ever likely that Liverpool & Spurs would finish above us in challenging for a top four spot.

So it was four days later that a wounded and fragile Arsenal stepped off the plane in Turkey to enter a stadium of supporters that we were told would make life hell. The outshot shot was Arsenal won 3-0 with ease. Three days later Arsenal travelled across London to Fulham where they run out 3-1 winners and played really well for a deserved victory.

This was followed by the second leg Champions League qualifier at home to Fenerbahce which was a stroll for 2-0 (5-0 on agg)

Up next was the North London derby at home to Spurs the team that many say are about to take over in North London. Arsenal with injuries pilling up and one signing at £800k against £108m worth of new talent in our opponents squad. Final score 1-0 to the Arsenal. When will people learn?

A few days later by the end of the transfer window, Arsene had added three new players and one being the biggest buy and buzz of the summer.

So with four wins on the bounce, Santi Cazorla out injured and a £42.5m signing everyone seemed upbeat as the team travelled to Sunderland for Mesut’s debut.

Arsenal’s ninth away win on the bounce and fifth win on bounce was secured with a 3-1 win and Arron Ramsey once again producing another match winning performance.

Matches coming thick and fast now it was Champions League proper and another away game this time in Marseille. In the build up on TV it was all about how hostile this ground could be. Marseille had spent money, Arsenal were again short, mainly on the bench, lack of cover, but really what club would not be missing the players Arsenal have out? However, once again Arsenal went about their business and got a result 2-1. A great start to the group stage.

So as I type we look forward to Mesut’s home debut and the visit of our friends from middle Earth having just racked up six wins on the bounce. Who would have though that at 3.50pm on the 17 August?

The team/squad are in no way a finished article, but even though it looks small there is a good range of players and if we can just get out injuries down so that 95% of the team/squad are available for matches, then I really do think this could be a great season. More so if we can stay there or there abouts till the January window and get in that top striker, unless of course Nicky B proves us all wrong. I feel there is this negativity that follows Arsenal around, mainly fuelled by media hype and so-called experts who are to willing to just follow a line that is current in knocking the club. This can have a knock on effect with some supporters.

This negativity is no more shown than in our defensive capabilities. We hardly concede a goal from open play, finished last season with second the best defensive record and this season, so far have kept three clean sheets in seven games. Conceded six goals, three of which were penalties and one a rebound from a penalty save. One was conceded when down to ten men and the other when 3-0 up with 13 mins to play at Fulham. If only the media and experts would sometimes take a look at the facts rather than follow the same old tired line, they might get a better idea on what is actually going on.

We have a problem up front as we don’t score enough goals, yet we are the Premier Leagues highest scorers with Man City. Of course it would be good to have another top quality striker & to be honest with the money in place I am not sure why we didn’t get one. Yet we have Theo who can score goals and frustrate at the same time. Podolski can score goals and we have an abundance of midfield players that can score as well. Also it’s worth remembering that the superstar Bendtner can also score goals, he averaged one every three games in his first spell with us before he got too big-headed.

This is a massive chance for the lad. Get fit, more importantly get the right attitude and perform. I’m pretty sure with our midfield creativity even Bendtner could score playing in front of Cazorla, Özil, Jack and Arron.

My time line on Twitter has calmed a lot over the last few weeks as we have racked up these six wins and a lot more hope for the season is beginning to show and tickets are selling out for games. There is a lot less negativity, supporters are liking this team. The reason for this I am sure is that all the players look they care, look like they want to win football matches, not just pass the ball around. They are willing to pull up their sleeves and fight when it is is needed.

The Özil factor has also helped and it was about time the club gave the supporters something to shout about.

Right now I am so looking forward to Özil’s home debut and can’t wait till tomorrow.

Seven wins on the bounce, sounds good doesn’t it? So I am going for 3-1 tomorrow.



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