To be honest it has seemed to be something of a struggle for Arsenal over the last month or two, even when we have been winning. The really free flowing and incisive Gunners that we saw earlier in the season in games like the demolition of Chelsea have been missing too often, but with an easing of the fixture list and an improvement in the club’s injury situation there are signs that Arsenal are getting back to our best.
As well as the need for Arsenal to keep winning our Premier League game to stop Chelsea running away with the EPL title this season, there is a growing importance to Arsenal fans on the FA cup. The longer that Chelsea keep winning the longer that this cup competition looks like the best chance of a trophy for Arsenal.
It was another disappointing weekend in the Premier League for arsenal and the other sides hoping to chase down the current league leaders and pip them to the title, as Chelsea won quite comfortably away to the reigning Champions Leciester City, and that was despite our hopes that the row between Costa and Conte that kept their main striker out of the squad might have a negative impact.
There is some bad news for Arsenal on the injury front, as the England international forward Theo Walcott is still not ready to come back into the team after picking up what was supposed to be just a minor calf problem in the Boxing Day win over West Brom.
If the current season ended as it is now then Arsenal would continue the remarkable record of qualifying for the Champions League, but you would have to see it as a disappointment as we would have slipped back from runners up to the same old fourth place that had people calling it the Wenger trophy.
Arsenal signing Cohen Bramall made his debut for the Arsenal Under-23 development side last night against Southampton.
Bramall is the first player to join the club this window in a £40,000 deal, and some fans are growing excited about his potential.
Per Mertesacker is claimed to be in line for a new contract at present, but what role will he have to play for Arsenal next season?
The German international is yet to play a single match this term, having fallen foul of injury in pre-season, and is only nearing a return to action in the coming weeks.
Just a week ago the main theme in the football media on the contract situations of the two Arsenal stars was being portrayed almost entirely as negative and the general consensus was that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would refuse the new deals being offered to them by the club.