A bit of luck can go a long way in football and it seems like it has all been going against Arsenal since the start of the current season. We cannot blame all out troubles on luck, but it certainly has not been on our side either, until this week that is.
Apart from the knock picked up our England international left back this week, Arsenal have come through two games unscathed and we even have quite a few important players coming back into fitness. We will have to wait and see of course, but Gibbs’ knock looked like an impact injury and hopefully will not mean him missing any games.
Two defensive errors from Sunderland gifted Alexis two goal and a comfortable win for the Gunners. And on the back of our unlikely turnaround against Anderlecht on Wednesday, things are looking a lot better. Champions League qualification looks certain and we could still have a chance of topping the group.
In the Premier League, two of our big rivals, Liverpool and Man City, slipped up and the table does not look too bad for us. Assuming that West Ham and Southampton do not keep up thgeir early results, Arsenal can feel relieved, if not amazed, that we are just three points behind Man City and ahead of all of our other big rivals.
How that is the case when we have been way off our best I am not sure, but we will take it. And hopefully the team can now find some form and keep an unlikely title challenge alive, with struggling Burnley next up. We really needed a few results to stop the rot and I really think that lady luck has smiled on us for once.