It might seem a bit much to demand that Arsenal win every game, but I really think that we need to be right on the money after the current international break. The win over Burnley was well needed but on another day our slightly off the pace performance would have been punished, so if the Gunners are serious about winning things this season they need to hit the ground running when club football starts again next weekend.
While things are looking pretty flippin’ good from an Arsenal point of view right now, with a decent draw against Reading at home for the next round of the EFL cup as well as a good chance of topping our Champions League group and winning the last four Premier League games in a row, the Gunners are still faced with the worrying fact that we are still five points behind the current league leaders.
I am not quite sure how it has happened to be perfectly honest, but after a pretty awful start to the season from Arsenal and with our big rivals for the Premier League title all setting off like rockets to leave us playing catch up, Arsenal find ourselves in third place and above Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, although the spuds could go above us if they beat Sunderland today so hopefully the Black Cats can be unlucky for them and give Arsenal fans the perfect day.
Arsenal got a what can only be considered a favourable draw for the Champions League group stages today, while Leicester also got what looks to be a winnable group also.
The Gunners will take on Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Basel and Ludogrets, in what could be a tricky draw for the group stages.
Arsenal are claimed to be rivalling Tottenham for the signature of Munir El Haddadi of Barcelona this summer, with the forward believed to be available for a cut-price fee.
The youngster has been likened to Barca living legend Lionel Messi, and will be turning 21 next month.
Arsenal fans could still be given something to worry about from the opening performances of Manchester United and Chelsea, or even the Liverpool side we face later, but none of them have been overly impressive in the pre-season games so far and with new managers in charge as well as new players to bed in, we can at least hope that they do not hit top form straight away.
It is being reported in France that Arsenal tried to sign Clinton N’Jie from Tottenham Hotspur this week, before he joined Marseille on an initial loan deal.
The Cameroon international was likened to Samuel Eto’o, although not solely because of his nationality, and was expected to have a bright future in the game, having thoroughly impressed in Ligue 1.
Maybe I am wrong and have simply been conditioned to disappointment on the transfer front after following Arsenal for so many years, but I was very worried to read today that Newcastle United have slapped a transfer fee of around £35 million on their Euro 2016 France international star Moussa Sissoko, according to an Evening Standard report.