It was a huge relief for Arsenal fans to see Man City slip to their first defeat, and their first dropped points, in the Premier League this season. West Ham did us a huge favour by adding the scalp of the league leaders to that of us and Liverpool. Let´s hope they can do the same to Man United and Chelsea.
Arsenal have won both their away games so far this season, but the two home games have yielded just one point after a defeat by West Ham and a goalless draw with Liverpool. Arsene Wenger believes that this is because the teams below us have strengthened their sides during the summer and are less scared of losing away to the Big Teams.
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Three games have been played so far this year, which means that 5 games ago we won the FA cup for a record 12th time.
Now in our first three games this season we have been less than impressive. Leading to the majority on this site to call for Wengers head. After 3 games, in fact, after 1 loss.
The joy of scoring a goal for Arsenal gets evaporated in a moment if it is disallowed for offside. The pain doubles if the call is wrong and the goal should have stood. Aaron Ramsey would have felt all these emotions during his disallowed ‘offside goal’ against Liverpool.
Unless there is a fitness problem with one of them, the Arsenal centre back pairing to face Liverpool this evening is almost certain to consist of the usual suspects Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Whether you agree with him or not, it is clear that Arsene Wenger is happy with them and would probably play them in every game if he could.
It is fair to say that in games against a big Premier League rival, a draw and a point is not too bad a result and that has certainly been true for Arsenal in recent seasons, as we struggled to avoid heavy defeats and began to have a terrible record and even a bit of a mental stumbling block when coming up against the likes of Chelsea or Man United.
Liverpool are aiming to keep their 100% record in their first three games against Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow, and their manager Brendan Rodgers is trying to make it sound easy. The Gunners won this fixture 4-1 last season but may be feeling a little apprehensive after losing their last game played at their home ground.
I know I am jumping the gun a bit here by assuming that Arsenal will continue to be more like the side we saw win away to Crystal Palace last week, rather than the one that slumped to a dismal defeat at home to West Ham, but the end of last season and the way we were playing in pre-season has given us good reason to think that will be the case.