All the naysayers are always complaining that Arsenal are always aiming for the Top Four without actually having the ambition to finish any higher, but Nacho Monreal clearly remembers us being top of the League at Christmas just a couple of years ago (do you?) but faded away in the closing stages as injuries got the better of us, as usual..
But the Spanish defender feels that this year the team is so much better and ready to go all the way this time. “We need to learn from that,” Nacho said on Arsenal.com. “I remember it very well because we finished the first half of the season [near the top].
“In the second half, we lost a lot of games so we need to learn about that.
“I think the team is different now. We have different players, and are more competitive.
“I think the level of the team is better now and I hope we can do something special this season. At the moment, everything is right so we need to carry on.
“The secret? I will say that we are playing more compact, like a unit.
“The players are playing with more solidarity, all players try to defend. I think this is the [reason for] that.
“We have won the Community Shield, we are second in the Premier League with the same points as Manchester City.”
I agree with him that team looks so much more convincing, but the danger we have is that the never-ending injury curse looks set to destroy our ambitions once again. It is about time that the injury gods took mercy on us and left us to play with our top squad fit all season.
Perhaps this could be our year?