I know, I know, it is too early in the season to really judge Arsenal and their chances of ending the long trophy drought. But as each match comes and goes, and the Gunners come out on top, it is getting harder and harder to ignore their credentials. And I am finding it hard to keep my optimism from bubbling over.
At halftime against Napoli on Tuesday, there must have been Gooners everywhere thinking the same thing; we really can do it this year. Let’s be honest, any trophy would do for the fans to celebrate and stop the media and rival fans banging on about it endlessly. But what we really want is the Premier League crown or Champions League trophy. We are looking great in Europe, but any cup competition is a bit of a lottery. You need a bit of luck along the way and one bad game can end it all.
The league is the real test, and it is all about consistency. Obviously you have to be consistently good, and that has been our problem for years. We have seen some dream football from the Gunners, but not regularly enough. What we are doing differently this year is finishing off tough games like Stoke. So this weekend’s game against West Brom is crucial. If we win again, everyone heads off and comes back from international duty with the belief that this could be our year. A loss might just mean the doubts start to creep back in. A draw would also be disappointing and could cost us top spot, so go on lads, give it everything and make the title challenge a reality.