It is fair to say that Arsenal have not really got going properly yet this season. Despite beating the Premier League champions comfortably in the Community Shield at Wembley, the Gunners have struggled in the two competitive games since.
It is far from being a disaster so far, because we got the three points against Crystal Palace and just need to beat Besiktas at home to go into the Champions League group stages, but neither performance was very convincing, with some of our front line players looking like they are still on holiday.
Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, for me, look a couple of weeks off the pace, and Laurent Koscielny does not seem to have really switched on yet, but there were some encouraging signs as well. Alexis Sanchez may have tried too hard at times and hgeld on to the ball when he should have passed, but you can already see what a great asset the Chilean will be due to his pace, ability and determination.
Wojciech Szczesny seems to have taken on board the strong competition he will get from David Ospina and is making the Colombian’s job of grabbing the number one shirt look very hard. He was composed and alert throughout, with one great save from a Demba Ba volley.
And having a safe keeper behind him is certainly helping Calum Chambers to slot in at centre back. The kid is pretty amazing really when you consider he has only been playing competitive football for a year and not even in that position. It looks like Wenger has found a real gem there.
I also think that Wilshere and the Ox are looking good for us after their World Cup disappointments with England. So although it hasn’t been the best of starts for Arsenal, I think the signs are there and that we are building up for a strong season. Do you agree?