Premier League title challenge back on for Arsenal by Sam P.
Arsenal are not all that far behind the Premier League pace setters, after winning our last game before the international break away to Watford. At the same time though, we cannot really afford to get any further behind the top three of Man City, Chelsea and Man United.
A draw in the Manchester derby will help and we could really do with Chelsea dropping points away to Swansea City but all that is out of our hands and all Arsene Wenger and the players can do is to come back from the international break with a bang and go on a nice long run of winning games and gathering points.
That looks a lot more likely after the two signings in the last days of the transfer window. Perhaps even more important than this is the growing fitness of the Arsenal squad and one of those new signings Shkodran Mustafi has given us a big boost on that front.
He was involved in a heavy tackle in the Germany v Finland match that had raised questions about his inclusion in our next EPL match at home to Southampton, but Sky Sports have reported that he is going to be fine.
Even better news being reported by the Evening Standard is that Arsene Wenger reckons Mustafi will not need an extended period of time to get ready for English football and that sounds like the boss is happy to start him against the Saints and confident that he will hit the ground running.
With Giroud playing and scoring for France this week and Mustafi to bolster the back line, will Arsenal now go on a run that will lead to a proper assault on the Premier League summit?
So relieved we got Mustafi
Koscielny and Mustafi will dominate centre of defense
Bellerin, Monreal and our CBs could hopefully become the best def in the PL
And Mustafi will make Mertsacker’s contribution even more important because when Mert comes back he will play less matches and perform better in the fewer matches he does play because he won’t be as tired and has lots of experience.
Also Gabriel will learn from all 3 CBs
I beleive its now upto the manager to make sure we win. Just luking at the squad and i am salivating there is so much potential but potential can be seen its another thing tapping into it.
How he picks the squad,this will be very vital for many games as some games will favour giroud starting some game perez. Even on the wing its all about picking the player whose traits best suit our tactic for that game.
This weekend just got slower?
I wonder if sou are still gonna be one of those teams we find very difficult to beat. Or will that team be eve now who we usually do well against. At least we know we’ll catch up a bit with one or more of those manchester clubs, if we just do our thing and am sure things will look a little better. Looking forward to seeing Mustafi as am sure everyone will be, I think it’ll be a little longer til we see Perez, he might get a sub appearance soon enough. It was good hearing Xhaka say how nervous he felt because of Arsenals world class players. If he pings balls like that under pressure in his first full game, how good will he be when he fully settles in. Or is he at his best when he’s under pressure, either way it speaks volumes.
Title should say Mustafi and Perez, Giroud has always been on fire with his international team but at Arsenal, he just misses sitters like there’s no tomorrow.
Hope Perez will be very good to push OG or else, we’ll see the same old lamp post sticking his tongue out after missing those clear chances. He works well under pressure, but if the pressure is Walcott-esque then we a re screwed once again