Back where we belong. After only 5 games, Arsenal have returned to the summit of the Premiership. Even though we have encountered our first defeat at the hands of Fulham, we still remained a point ahead of unbeaten Chelsea and Liverpool due to their drawn games.
After a sluggish start against promoted West Brom, Arsenal were beaten with an insipid display at Craven Cottage. Newly signed Samir Nasri is the only person to come out with any credit from both games. The knives are already out on Wenger early in the season due to his refusal to purchase big name players. However the tune changed immediately after the Newcastle game. Another 3-0 thrashing for Keegan’s side brought smiles back to Arsenal fans. Van Persie opened his accounts for the season and sublime play all around.
The next 3 away games were to test Arsenal’s mental fortitude especially with the Kiev trip sandwiched between Blackburn and Bolton. Traditionally, Wenger dislikes going to both grounds. His boys always found the rough treatment slightly too hard to handle. Though on these occasions, both teams were played off the park. Adebayor off and running against Blackburn with a hattrick and Theo Walcott continuing his splendid form with another typical run to help clinch the third goal against Bolton.
All is truly well with the Arsenal squad. There is no crisis as per told in the aftermath of the Fulham loss. The strikers are already off the mark. Nasri has shown his ability to quickly adapt to the Arsenal way. Fabregas may not be firing on all cylinders but that is understandable given his contribution in the European Championship. Denilson have already scored two but is hit by inconsistency as seen during the Fulham match.
It is without doubt pleasing to see Emmanuel Eboue playing well in continuous games. It is even rarer that he has managed to score during this period. There is no doubt that this lad put in extra efforts during training to improve his overall play. He doesn’t give the ball away that much and his final ball has improved.