Arsenal in danger of over-confidence by DN
Although I have enjoyed seeing Arsenal blast through our pre-season preparations after picking up where we left off last season, I do still have a little bit of concern that the success in recent weeks and the relative ease with which we have achieved it, could actually leave Arsenal unprepared for when the serious business starts in a couple of weeks.
Winning is a habit, so they say, and of course it is a habit that is nice to have. When you add in scoring lots of goals and letting hardly in, that is a recipe for success. And if you look at the last six games the Gunners have played (4-1 against WBA, 4-0 against Aston Villa, 4-0 against Singapore, 3-1 against Everton, 6-0 against Lyon and 1-0 against Wolfsburg) you can see why the manager and the players are feeling really good about life, especially as we have lifted three trophies from those games.
But seeing what Arsene Wenger had to say after the match yesterday, I was struck by how completely positive he was. When we lose or struggle he always looks for the positives and so should Wenger not be trying to temper the enthusiasm a bit and keep those players´ feet on the ground.
Confidence and good team spirit is great but there is such a thing as over-confidence and you still have to earn the right to win games. Teams can sometimes think they only have to turn up to win. I have a feeling that Arsenal have perhaps not been tested enough yet but at least that should not be the case next weekend in the Community Shield against Chelsea.
I think a tough encounter on Sunday could be just what Arsenal need. What do you guys think?