WOW!! ARSENAL ARE JOINT NUMBER ONE FORM TEAM IN EUROPE!!! BUT WHAT’S THE REAL SECRET BEHIND IT?
Arsenal’s seven-game winning streak has launched them to the top of the European form table. According to SkySports, Lazio is the only team to match that run in Europe – having a four goal margin better than us during that time. Imagine what we would be talking about if this form was from the start of the season? Anyway that’s that and now let’s get back to actually how it happened.
According to me the Number One reason is the media, even though most of us agree that this slating sometimes have been way unfair to the boys, some have actually been plain truth of our manager AW. Since that defeat by Swansea because of our careless attacking, and letting slip the three goal advantage to Anderlecht in the Champion’s League. I remember them calling Arsene tactically naïve, and from that time we have improved defensively and attack much more effectively too.
The second reason is rather awkward one, INJURIES. I am not in any way suggesting that injuries are good but they helped in opening AW eyes in terms of team selection. Do you honestly believe Wenger would have called back Le Coq from his loan if it were not for injuries to Arteta, Wilshere and Flamini? I can guess the answer. Well I don’t think we would be where we are with Arteta as our holding midfielder. I don’t want to add any more praise to le Coq as every Tom, Dick and Harry has seen what he has done. Were it not for injuries AW himself conceded that he was clueless on how good le Coq actually was. How about Hector? Boy! This lad is amazing considering his age. The way he plays at times I really fear for Debuchy and Jenkinson. But his chance actually came after injuries attacked our back four.
The other reason I believe is AW being partially open minded when it comes to team selection. I have for years struggle to understand how Szczesny is a top goalkeeper for a team like Arsenal while Chelsea could afford to bench Cech (and even the Spuds could afford Lloris and yet Arsenal have Szczesny? We can’t deny the fact that our team has improved defensively as a team but it surely can’t be a sheer coincidence that we improved ever since David Ospina has taken over. To me AW needs to be more open minded on his team selections in all areas especially now that we have a miracle of having almost every one available. In fact it’s my concern that it may actually interrupt our flow. Like against Liverpool, although it worked but I failed to understand why he would opt for Ramsey to play on the right wing having someone like Welbeck on the bench. It left me wondering what will happen when the likes of Arteta and Wilshere gets fully fit? Who will be sacrificed for them?
Anyway lets enjoy life while we still can because maybe I am wrong! I really hope AW proves me wrong this time round as he has proved most of AOBs. Let’s keep smiling especially now that this weekend’s Manchester derby will be a must win for both teams after Palace did us a big fat favour!! COYG.
By Ankoanko from Kenya