This time last year we knew we had no chance of winning the League, and most Arsenal fans thought that the Gunners would fall apart this season once we came up against the Big Guns in the title race, but we were all pleasantly surprised when Wenger’s side totally demolished Man United last weekend to show that we are no longer pushovers for our closest rivals.
Before the Man United game, most Arsenal fans were regretting that Laurent Koscielny was taken out injured and were worried that Per Mertesacker would have to partner Gabriel in defence, but they held firm against the so-called deadly Man United attack force, and along with Petr Cech (5 shots – 5 saves) stopped the Red Devils from making any sort of comeback.
Arsenal v Man Utd thoughts by TJ
I watched the game three times. The first live, and then two more times to take a look at our shape, tactics and work rate. I am sure many of you watched it many more times than I did!
Because of the way that he has begun his football career in the Premier League with a bang, Arsenal will certainly be looking at the Manchester United new boy Anthony Martial as one of the major dangers when Louis van Gaal and his players arrive at the Emirates stadium on Sunday.
I know the Arsenal and Brazil centre back does not speak very good English yet, but maybe he could have a word with himself in Portuguese because he needs to start taking his own advice. And you could say the same thing about Per Mertesacker as well, apart from the Portuguese of course.
For some time now the first choice central defensive pairing for Arsenal was Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. The stature and aerial prowess of the German combined with his experience and reading of the game seemed to perfectly complement the pace, aggression and front foot defending of the Frenchman.
Super Flamini to the rescue as Arsene desperately needed this win by KM
As an Arsenal fan you always enjoy a win against Spurs at the Lane, don’t you? The chance to mock that Spurs fan sitting on the desk next to you while you drink your afternoon tea. Out of all the possible goalscorers, who would’ve thought? Mathieu Flamini scored two fine goals to sink Spurs at the joy of 3000 Arsenal away fans.
The Arsenal and Brazil international centre back Gabriel still has an FA charge to answer, despite the English football authorities´ decision to uphold the club´s appeal against the red card shown to him by Mike Dean at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.