The last Premier League game that Arsenal played was widely talked about in the football media and was recognised as being a massive one for the Gunners and for Arsene Wenger, as it was against one of our big EPL title rivals and because Chelsea had that remarkable recent record against us.
Just because we passed that test with flying colours, however, does not mean that the players or manager can afford to relax, so Wenger made sure in a report by Arsenal.com to talk about this weekend’s match away to Burnley as being just as important, even though a lot of the focus is on him and the 20th anniversary of him taking over as our manager.
The boss said, “Something I rely on in my career is that you’re only as good as your last game. The next game against Burnley will be a very big one and you want to prepare well. Our preparation is very important and we want to keep our focus on what is important.”
He is right too. For one thing the points on offer are exactly the same as the three we earned by beating Chelsea and that is what counts at the end of the season. Another reason this game is so important though, is that a win and a good performance will keep everything going nicely as we head into the second international break.
The momentum, confidence and form that Arsenal have right now is fantastic but it could soon drain away if we were to let the old problems of complacency and inconsistency come back. The players proved a point last weekend but they need to keep proving it if we are to challenge Man City and all for the title. Can we do it?