There was obviously a fair amount of disappointment for Arsenal fans at the weekend, as we failed to beat or even score against the Premier League strugglers Middlesborough after putting six past Ludogorets Razgrad without reply in midweek.
Of course Arsenal fans will be feeling disappointed today, as we all thought that today would see the Gunners sitting on top of the Premier League table with another three points in the bag after a comfortable win over Premier League strugglers Middlesborough.
Arsenal have been sitting on top of the Premier League table quite a few times in recent years, but unfortunately for us it has not been the Gunners in top spot when it really counts, at the end of the season. Just a couple of years ago we had that painful stat that Arsenal spent more time at the top than all of our rivals combined but we did not claim the title.
We all know that money plays a big part in football these days, and even though Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are no longer held back by the need to plough a large chunk of the club’s earnings into the repayment of the costs of building the new stadium, we are still a bit behind the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Man United when it comes to spending power.
Arsenal are going along great at the minute, having won seven games in a row and sitting joint top of the Premier League and our Champions League group. The Gunners are also one home win over lower league opposition away from a place in the EFL cup quarter-finals, so things are looking good right now.
Both of these two Arsenal stars have played their part in getting the Gunners back on track after a disappointing start to the season, in terms of the Premier League at least as we lost to Liverpool at home before drawing away to Leicester City.
Of course we would all have loved to see Theo Walcott convert another of his six attempts on goal in the win over Swansea, and I’m sure that the England striker and his teammates would have preferred to have more daylight between themselves and the visitors when Granit Xhaka was sent off to set up a nervous final 20 minutes.
There is definitely a different feel to Arsenal this season, with the Gunners so far proving that Arsene Wenger’s comments about his current squad being the most balanced, mature and ready to succeed that Arsenal have had for some years.