As Arsenal pulled through another weekend of Premier League fixtures, we managed to once again take full advantage and keep our spot at the top of the league, thanks to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. It may not have been a typically fluent performance from the Gunners, but it did show another side of the team that will be needed if we are to emerge victorious from a long, hard season.
The game was certainly not an easy one as many people expected and after going down to 10 men, I know there were a few fans on the edge of their seats hoping that Arsenal manage to do what we seemingly do best and win. Of course it all went well in the end for the Gunners but there is certainly no denying it was a testing game, but now we need to focus ahead and I think you’ll find that it certainly gets much tougher from here on.
Arsenal’s next four games could, and no doubt will, play a very large part in how well we do this season in terms of if success is possible for the Gunners in the 2013/14 campaign. First of all we welcome Chelsea to the Emirates in midweek for the second Capital One cup game of the season. Questions will surely be raised about what kind of side Wenger puts out for this game because it will suggest of his intentions of whether he is taking the cup so often labelled as the ‘mickey mouse’ cup seriously or not.
Then we welcome Liverpool in London in the Premier League which will see first place come up against second. Arsenal are currently two points ahead of Liverpool so if we manage to get all 3 points in this game then we should open up the gap a little further to 5 points.
Next comes Dortmund in the Champions league return to Germany. Another very tough game and one that is likely to outline if we can qualify from this very tricky group and I must admit I think we could be in for a shock from this game.
Then finally we travel to Old Trafford to face a struggling David Moyes side. Despite the devils poor run of form, we cannot take anything for granted and once again it will be a very tricky test however we must remain optimistic to say the least.
Wenger has been speaking ahead of Arsenal’s mad two week period and Le Prof said:
“It is people who do not believe that we have a chance, but the only thing we can do is win our games. The only thing which is important is every win makes you a bit stronger and strengthens the belief. We have difficult games coming up, and that will be a good test, but I am confident. [Being top of the league] is a good feeling without any massive significance but we had an opportunity to put pressure on all the others who race for the title and we did our job. Unfortunately we lost [Mathieu] Flamini today and hopefully it will not be for too long. It was a groin problem. I don’t know how long it will be.”
It certainly will be the toughest run that we have experienced for some time however fortunately for the Gunners, this is also the best run of form that we have been in for some time so hopefully matching two things together we manage to come away in two weeks’ time with very bright smiles on our faces!