It has certainly been a strange and interesting season in the Premier League so far. No club has really taken control and that is just as well for Arsenal as we did not get off to the best start. Man City did but then hit a slump and now Leicester City appear to be doing the same.
Arsenal had bounced back well from a slow start, though, and were starting to look really good until a number of key players joined the injury list and that saw us suffer through a nightmare November in which we failed to win a league game.
Arsene Wenger and the players have managed to put that right but it has been hard work and our victories in December and against Newcastle United yesterday have not been thanks to the same fee flowing and exciting play that was in evidence in games like the 3-0 against Man United.
However, the points for each win are the same and are just as important so it has been absolutely vital that Arsenal have been able to grind out these results, especially in the final game of the busy festive period. Now the squad gets a rest and we also start to get the likes of Alexis Sanchez back from injury.
Hopefully the Gunners will get back to our brilliant best and start blowing teams away again. That would be fantastic and could well see us win the title this season, but have these scrappy wins been the real difference between success and failure?