It seems to me that there is an unbalance in the football media. Too many of the writers in the papers and the pundits on the television seem to me to be down on Arsenal; not giving the Gunners enough credit when we deserve it and revelling in our flaws when things go wrong.
This was never more in evidence than in the first half of the 2013-14 Premier League season. Arsenal started well and built a decent lead at the top of the table. We were playing some great stuff and getting results but all you heard in the media was that it would not last and that our perceived soft centre would show itself.
And that made it all the more painful when the second half of the season saw us slip off the top and finish in fourth place once again, because all of those smug pundits were able to say they told us so. None of them really took into account all the injury problems that afflicted Arsene Wenger, including long spells out for key men like Ramsey, Ozil and Walcott.
This season, however, gives Wenger and the Arsenal players a chance to show what they can do without a ridiculous injury list (fingers crossed) but that brings it’s own problem, the pressure of expectation. The boss needs to handle this right and our big players must step up, especially in the big games.
Us fans are starting to believe the club can do it but now the team needs to prove it and silence those sniping critics in the media. Can we handle the pressure?