Win over Anderlecht could be the springboard to Arsenal rediscovering their form by SE
Arsenal indeed have made an unimpressive start to their campaign; however, with a couple of good performances, form and the season that’s increasingly going on a downward spiral can be rectified. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates against Hull City cannot be an ideal preparation, going into a crucial Champions League fixture as Arsenal do when they take on Anderlecht at the home of the Belgium champions. While you go into every game of the season looking to win, every result — win, draw or defeat — that Arsenal manage from here on, could have a bearing on their faint mindset.
There’s more to Arsenal’s failures this season, than just Arsene Wenger’s insipid tactics, and the lack of ideal replacements for those injured, impeding the Gunners from realizing their winning touch. There’s an air of cynicism in the Arsenal camp, concerning their own ability, which will be always be an inhibition to producing your best.
Barring Sanchez and Welbeck, ever since he made the move from United, many of Arsenal stars — Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta — have been struggling for form, fitness and confidence. While the exertions at the World Cup in Brazil will have had a psychological impact at the start of the season, it should have slowly but steadily disappeared as the season has progressed.
Tonight’s Champions League fixture against Anderlecht will be a test of Arsenal’s ‘big boys’ credentials, as they will be playing away in this competition for the first time since the 0-2 defeat at the Westfalenstadion on Matchday 1. And, as we witnessed last night, there are no easy games at this level. Manchester City, after going 2-0 ahead at Half-Time in their clash against CSKA Moskva, threw away the lead, to come away from Moscow with just a point to show for their ambitions of progressing in the competition. On Matchday 2, Ludogorets made a nuisance of themselves to the title holders, Real Madrid, who just squeezed over the line. As a result, although there will be 3 points at stake for Arsenal, most crucially, the by-product of a prospective win could reinvigorate Arsenal’s swagger and act as the springboard to rediscovering their best form.