Last night Arsenal endured a night of horror as for the second time in a week we lost at home arguably to greater opposition. Yesterday Arsenal witnessed defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Gunners own back yard of the Emirates. The 2-0 loss secured the stat of being the first time since the early months of 2013 that Arsenal failed to score a single goal and overall it was a game full of disappointment.
For Arsenal, it isn’t often that you will hear of a title challenge, they are about as rare as a positive article in the media about the club, but for once with the season almost rwo and a half months underway, Arsenal currently sit on top of the Premier League table, 2 points clear of both second and third place. Chelsea currently occupy 2nd, whilst Liverpool sit in 3rd and although Chelsea may have been expected to be in that position at this stage of the season, I don’t think anyone would have predicted Liverpool’s good run, just like not many would have predicted the extent of Arsenal’s ambition both on and off the pitch.
Arsenal have today announced on the clubs official website Arsenal.com that the Gunners have re-signed German youngster Serge Gnabry on a new long term contract. Gnabry, who is just 18 years old has impressed immensely for the Gunners so far this season, making a few appearances for the first team already.
Having also scored a goal in the league game against Swansea, Gnabry is already on his rise to stardom as one of the club’s most promising players at this current moment in time and the way he is developing at such a rate means that everyone is very much looking forward to the exciting young prospect we have on our books. Arsene Wenger announced the contract extension in today’s press conference ahead of the Capital One Cup game against Chelsea, which I’m sure the man in question, Serge Gnabry, will surely partake in.
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.
Arsenal’s stance at the top of the table remained for yet another week, meaning we have now been on top of the table for the longest period since the 2004/05 season and things are looking very promising for the Gunners this year. The season may be only two months underway, but take into account that we have had an international break, as well as another one this weekend, and then a cup game in-between, so the Premier League season is still relatively early on for this campaign.
Just when Arsenal fans were beginning to getting excited about the prospect of possibly challenging for our first Premier league title in years, Arsene Wenger has knocked us all back down in our place by announcing he thinks all the title talk is ‘ridiculous’.
Arsenal have endured a brilliant start to this year’s campaign, winning five games out of a possible six, with the only loss coming against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season at the Emirates Stadium. That game really put things into perspective, however Arsenal managed to turn the corner and become a side that looks like it could dominate in England.
Although there may not be any Premier League action for us to enjoy this weekend with the international break taking over club football for the next few days, it’s time to have a quick look at some of our main competitors in the league now that the transfer window has fully closed.
First of all the signing of Mesut Ozil has meant that a lot of people view Arsenal as title contenders once again. Although being quite pessimistic, I must admit that I disagree with this because I still think we lack in several areas of the pitch as well as in terms of squad depth and for those reasons I doubt we can have the sustainability to go through the entire season and go onto win the league.
Arsene Wenger has apparently registered an interest with Chelsea FC over the possible loan of Fernando Torres, with the Frenchman hoping to bolster his attacking options before the transfer window shuts tomorrow.
Arsenal currently have Olivier Giroud in great goalscoring form, and Wenger is hoping to keep his star-striker motivated by upping the competition for a the central striker role. Having lost Lukas Podolski to injury, the North-London club are left with Theo Walcott or Yaya Sanogo as their only viable alternatives. Sanogo has only just arrived and is very much still learning his trade, whereas Theo is widely encouraged to play out wide by Wenger.
Latest reports regarding Arsenal’s interest in Chelsea and Spanish midfielder Juan Mata have arisen today, with several media sites claiming that Mata would leave Stamford Bridge but he must hand in a transfer request if he wishes to move away from the club in the next two days.
Arsenal have had a long association with Juan Mata, having kept an eye on him for several years before finally making a move, only for London rivals Chelsea to swoop in and capture him from under our noses. He seemed keen on Arsenal before, although some state that he saw us as a smaller club than Chelsea, hence why he chose those in blue over us. However, with new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho coming in and making a clear statement that Juan Mata doesn’t fit his style of play, he is unlikely to get a lot of game time.
At last night’s second leg qualification game for entry to the Champions’ League group stages, Juan Mata’s agent was present at the Emirates, after being invited to a Director’s box for the game of Arsenal vs. Fenerbahce. Speculation quickly fuelled when the story broke out and so the media stories today are reporting of Wenger’s plot for Mata.
Arsenal has held an interest in Mata for a few years and were very close to signing him at one point. We had the fee agreed and advanced talks were supposedly taking place, only for London rivals Chelsea to swoop in and do the deal under our noses. It was a big disappointment because even when he was at Valencia in Spain he was a top class player and since coming to Chelsea he has done nothing but improve.