Arsenal have recovered from their frustrating defeat to West Ham on the opening day of the season and have steadily climbed up the table and are now joint third with Manchester United. Although the team has not been firing on all cylinders we have been creating the chances and have been scraping by in all our wins, but as Theo Walcott says, it is getting the points that matter at this stage of the season.
Walcott said: “It’s important to see Arsenal in the top four [in the Premier League]. When people say we’re not playing great, we’re starting to get to where we want to be. That’s the sign of a good team, if you’re steady going but you’re getting the results.
“It’s all about results at this moment in time, getting the three points. No one is going to remember the start of the season. When we do hit form people will be more and more worried. I’m sure of that. So this Arsenal team can go far if we really actually believe in it, and a lot of the players do at the moment.
“Every game is going to be tough but I believe in this team and I think that’s important. We’ve had seasons where we’ve had very bad injuries but there’s a lot of competition for places now which is healthy for the team.
“We’ve got a lot of competitions which we are in and we want to compete in those, compete in the Premier League, to challenge for the title this time. You can sense that Chelsea are starting to struggle this season but they’re the champions and I’m sure they’ll bounce back from this. We just need to worry about ourselves and we’re slowly climbing up there.”
Next Saturday’s test at Stamford Bridge will be our biggest test so far, but the Gunners are hitting form while Chelsea have already lost three games (as many as they lost in the whole of last season!) and are looking very vulnerable right now. This is a great chance for us to rubber stamp our title credentials.
Onwards and Upwards!