It might seem a little harsh to get on the back of the Arsenal and France international star Olivier Giroud this week, after the striker put in a disappointing and ineffective performance against Burnley. We did win after all and Giroud has been on fire lately so perhaps he deserves some leeway. But when our centre forward struggles, it seems that the whole attacking side of our game struggles and Wenger seems reluctant to use Welbeck instead of Giroud.
Arsenal are currently on an eight-game winning streak for the first time since the season when they were unbeaten all year and are making an unlikely last-minute dash to try and catch Chelsea at the top of the Premiership.
Looking back at a rather resilient victory against Burnley at Turf Moor in which Arsenal kept a clean sheet, it is not much of a surprise to see Francis Coquelin be named the Man of the Match and praised extensively by pundits and Arsenal fans alike. Now while there is no denying that the Frenchman does indeed deserve that title, I did stumble upon something as I watched the game again, there was another ‘enforcer’ in midfield, and that was Santi Cazorla!
Chelsea are preparing to face QPR this afteroon knowing that Arsenal have risen to just four points behind them in the title race after grinding out the three points against lowly Burnley yesterday. Arsene Wenger predicted that it would be a tough match yesterday and so it was, in fact my MOTM, Francis Coquelin, thinks it was our toughest!
After last weeks majestic 4-1 demolition of Liverpool at the Emirates, it was always going to be hard to emulate the performance at relegation-threatened Burnley yesterday, but Aaron Ramsey’s early slice gave the Gunners a lead to defend.
Competition for the three places behind Chelsea in the Premiership is hotting up with just eight games to go. Arsenal moved up to second place last week when Man City slipped up at Crystal Palace, and Arsene Wenger is aware that his own team can’t afford any slip-ups if they are to maintain the pace.
Sean Dyche has done extremely well for a young manager, even though his team are fighting for relegation from the Premier League this season. He has shown that he can set up his team to match the Big Teams at home, as proven by beating Man City and drawing with Tottenham in their last two games at Turf Moor.
Arsenal are heading for their eighth Premier League win in a row, something that no other club has achieved this season, but to reach that milestone we first have to dispose of Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend.