Arsenal poised to climb EPL table and challenge big boys?

The Premier League table is still not a nice looking thing to see for those of an Arsenal persuasion, as with five rounds of matches now played we are still in the bottom half. Having said that, Arsenal being 12th place just below Watford and just above Stoke City could be about to change very quickly.

For one thing, our seven points is just one fewer than the tally of Tottenham and our north London rivals are up in fifth spot so you can see why it will not take much to start racing up the table. Of course that will need wins from the Gunners, but after we followed up back to back victories over Bournemouth and Cologne with a well deserved draw with Chelsea on their own turf things are looking much more promising.

We also have a nice run of games coming up and with the players all seemingly united and playing for Arsene Wenger those wins should start racking up. West Brom, Brighton and Watford are up next for the Gunners and those games could and should see us on 16 points.

That might not put us up with Man City and United but it should get us back in the right area of the table and that might be the springboard for Arsenal to actually mount a title challenge, especially if we can perform in big away games like we did this weekend.

Time to start feeling positive Arsenal fans, or a bit too soon just yet?



  1. lilbgunner says:

    only one thing i feel could have been done is taking off iwobi instead of laca

    1. gotanidea says:

      Lacazette was not effective in the front. That was why Iwobi was kept.

      Regarding the article question, Arsenal have not won any away game in this season yet. Once they win three away games (and keep winning the home games), then we can be more positive.

      The goalkeeper often forced to use long ball to pass. This is a sign that Arsenal still cannot handle the opponent’s heavy pressure well.

      This problem has happened for more than a decade and has never been addressed. The lack of ability when handling heavy pressure is a reflection of the manager’s low confidence and weak mentality.

      1. JJPawn says:

        I suppose winning three FA Cups in the last five years is a reflection of weakness!
        Ha! Ha!

        The greater pressure, the better this side does. That was obvious today.

        Lacazette was not effective has barely had the ball without Ozil’s presence and vision.

        Iwobi just ran around in circles with no direction. He needs vision and creativity that comes naturally for most players.

  2. WOB says:

    How can we challenge big boys when we cant beat them.

    We had Chelsea on the ropes, but welbroke (glad he is out for a while) and laca missed sitters. Not good enough at this level, period.

  3. AB says:

    Baby steps and feet on the ground…let’s not get carried away start talking too much too early like Walcott and some of our other players do…

    1. neil says:

      Absolutely correct… I would ban the whole team from any tweets or Instagram or loose talk…. play the game and focus even if for one season … great players dont need to talk !I cant remember ever hearing Messi !

  4. Sue says:

    When we’re all on form I’d put us up against anyone. Hopefully with more consistency we can go for it & challenge.

    We love you Arsenal we do oooohh Arsenal we love you!


    1. waal2waal says:

      …why would anyone want to thumb her comment down – sad or what?

      1. JJPawn says:

        Exactly w2w!

        That is what button pushing on the Playstation does to some “Arsenal” fans!

        1. waal2waal says:

          we’ve much to be proud and encouraged by far as todays performance goes – im happy for all supporters, (optimists, pragmatists and pessimists alike), didn’t we do well…

  5. Uzi Ozil says:

    Good team performance.

    I m not a huge fan of Ramsey but I thought He played well today.

    Our next games from now till October are winnable. Let’s be consistent and build from this good performance.

    Quick recovery Welbeck. Hope He won’t be out for a long time…..

    1. Tony says:

      Love the way we closed down quickly in midfield.Our passing accuracy was good and we could have won this game! No reason we can’t go on and climb the table!

    2. neil says:

      I hope Welbecks inury doesnt mean Giroud coming in and Laca to the wing… unless Laca sits behind Giroud… then the crosses coming over from Bellerin and Kolasinac Giroud can head towards goal and Laca can pounce on any rebounds (hopefully better than he did today!)

      1. Vlad says:

        It means Sanchez will be playing more

  6. Bur says:

    Good result , I would take a point in light of the recent performances. We have to build on that and step up our game. I still don’t think weegor is the man to push this squad on.

  7. Yossarian says:

    If we keep playing like today, don’t get any serious injury problems, and don’t lose Sanchez or Ozil in the January window, then we can challenge for 3rd place.

    1. JJPawn says:

      “and don’t lose Sanchez or Ozil in the January window”

      This is an issue that is really coming at us. Hopefully, we can beat City away! πŸ™‚

      But, on the other hand many of the fans have become hostile. So, why would the due stay?

    2. nosa says:

      our aim is not to challenge for 3rd position, why can’t we challenge for the premier league trophy, aren’t u tired of top 4,

      1. Yossarian says:

        I agree 100%. My point was that despite the joy of not losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, we’re still not close to being good enough to be title challengers.

        I reckon if we’d got a world-class central midfielder during the transfer window, and a manager that played everybody in the right positions, with the right tactics for each game, kept them motivated, cut all dead-wood, and managed injuries well, then we’d be challengers.

        But that’s not what we got, and it’ll show by the end of the season.

  8. waal2waal says:

    looked at all our fixtures id say we are gonna climb up that league from now until early November after which we’ve another test at the etihad, then we’ve a break before we play spuds at wembley.
    when manu come to emirates december we’ll have found our form and danny should be recovered fully fit and ready (again) to slay.

    provided we keep to the recipe for success that kept us in the mix at stamford bridge then we shall have nothing much to worry about for the remainder of this year. one of the pluses is that nobody (some fans included) think we’re likely to be in the mix – but win our homes and draw our aways and we could surprise the naysayers – up until winter when we must add quality like Adrien Rabiot.

    1. waal2waal says:

      (allow me to dream)

      1. JJPawn says:

        Of course! πŸ™‚

        (we all want to, even the Wengerhaters, secretly dream)

  9. 9jagun says:

    bla bla bla we are just played 5 epl games calm down

    1. Vlad says:

      Party pooper

  10. DANDY GUNNER says:

    I have to say I thought Arsenal playe d out of their socks well done Arsenal. I had gone for a 3-0 to Chelsea but I was proven wrong I am glad to say Ignosce me.

  11. Tom says:

    “Arsene Wenger made a difference,” Neville told Sky Sports

  12. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Let’s not get carried away
    Its only the 5th week of the season
    Its always best to take it one step at a time and improve a long through way. But drawing away at Stanford Bridge has really boosted my optimism.

    Iwobi did lack creativity and vision, but overall the team played their socks off. That’s what I love to see. I think Kolsanic has given us some needed steel too.

    I’m glad we didn’t lose a 3rd away match. Now we are 0-2-1 away. We desperately need an away win. After Doncaster, hopefully we will have 3-0-0 home record after we play West Bromwich.

    Anyway, things are looking up πŸ™‚

  13. Avenger says:

    An average coach {Wenger} an average team {Arsenal} with a wrong selection of players for the game for the starters …an average position in the table they are not going nowhere this year Wenger out!!

    1. JJPawn says:

      Brilliant “analysis.”

      Who come in as Manager?
      What is the budget for transfers?

  14. Imran says:

    Guys please don’t get carried away. I think players must not be pressurised otherwise they will loose ground as it happened in past years. We did loose to West Brom and Watford at home. Wenger must field combination of technical and physical team against both these sides. Kill them in first half only with breathless aggression and attack. I think he must go for 4-2-3-1. With ozil, Sanchez and laca at front line.

  15. dave says:

    Conquer one by one.

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