It is very early days in the Premier League season, of course, and Arsenal need to back up what we did at the weekend after winning our first game away to Watford, but it definitely looks like the weekend has done the players the power of good, and has restored some swagger and a lot of the confidence that was damaged in recent weeks.
A scintillating first half with three goals was followed by a controlled and battling performance in the second half, so the Arsenal stars at both ends of the pitch were left feeling much better about the chances of challenging for the title this season.
Theo Walcott played well on the right providing an assist, and he could have had at least one more and perhaps got on the score sheet himself, but it was the all-round showing of the team that he spoke about most in a report on the Arsenal website.
Theo said, “[At Leicester] We played some very good football at but we didn’t really take our chances. Today, we did. It might have been a slightly quieter second half but we all worked tremendously well actually. We’re disappointed with the goal, but overall you’ve got to look at the three points. It was really important just to get the three points today. The performance, to be honest, didn’t really matter. We had a bit of everything today.
“The guys up front and everyone on the pitch all worked tremendously hard. We tend to play our best football when we win it very high up the field and we managed to do that. Especially in the first half, I think some of the football we played was just breathtaking to actually be part of. In the second half we always knew there was going to be a reaction from Watford and the next goal was obviously very important. They managed to get that and the defence will be very disappointed with that, like myself. But like I say, three points – that’s all that matters today.
“Overall you’ve got to look at the whole game itself and 3-1, but it could’ve been a lot more. It really could’ve been, especially in the first half like you say. But we all really worked hard defensively today. Leicester, keeping a clean sheet today, I felt that the whole team worked really hard. We wanted a reaction today, we’ve trained well throughout the whole week and hopefully now everyone can go to the international break and hopefully come back fit.
“We don’t want to get carried away. It’s only three games in, but it’s a good stepping stone. We’ve got a long way to go yet. We know there’s going to be points won in games everywhere, but like I said, the international break has probably come at a bad time for us really. But I’m sure we will bounce back from it when we come back.”
Petr Cech played a huge part in Arsenal taking all the points, especially with his saves in the second half, and although he was pleased with the way the Gunners held out for the win he was more encouraged by the first half performance, telling Sky Sports that he feels our challenge has now started in earnest.
Cech said, “In the first half certainly because we did so well.
“We have 35 more games to play. Like everybody else, we are going to fight to win every game to be in the mix until the last kick. Last season it wasn’t easy.
“You work every day to be ready for weekend and midweek games and all the games that come. We know we are not an exception.
“We want to win the title and we want to challenge at the top of the Premier League. There is no hiding from that. Everybody else will do the same, so we will try to do our best.”
What do you think of our title chances now Gooners?
OT, some positive news here regarding Ozil and how he views Arsenal. This is a quote from sky sports
“I did not see Per for a long time because he quit international football but I talked to Mesut,” Mustafi told Sky Sports in Germany. “He told me everything I wanted to know. Everything was positive, so I was convinced very fast. It did not take much.”
So it would appear that Ozil is happy at Arsenal, the question is, will he sign a new contract? Let us hope so
I’ve already written that post! It will be up in 15 minutes….
oops Imean an hour and 15 minutes!
Thanks and well done for bringing the Thumbs back,Sir.
if Only Our manager was as understanding as you are Sir.
very true, Wenger would say you people choose one, thumbs or comments. coz both of them is so expensive and its not quality
Can we do it? YES WE CAN!
As long as the Gap doesn’t get any bigger, we will still be in contention, Lets just wait until the new year period before we talk about title chances
I read that Jack wheelchair could be loaned out ?
This could be interesting! ?
Jack is open to a loan move to Juventus.
Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry is set to join Bayern on a permanent transfer, according to Sky Germany. The Stuttgart-born forward, who was a silver medalist with Germany’s Olympic team, will then reportedly be loaned out to Werder Bremen.
Is Wenger about to sign another Midfielder before the window slams shut?
There was links to a Paraguayan earlier today.. But no way he’d get a work permit instantly. There was talks of Brozovic from Inter that never seem to shut up?
im not with gnabry being sold to bayern. not at all.
but hes refusing to resign and theres one year left- hes forcing the move out of club.
bayern clearly see something
imagine if he becomes the elite winger we have been waiting for theo to become for a decade, the irony
Me neither, but if h doesn’t play this season, he wont sign. I say keep him, play him and he will sign eventually with a bumper contract.
And if we have to sell, lets be ruthless c***s and put a buy back clause to that deal.
PSG did let Coman leave on a free, and Juventus loaned him to Bayern and after the loam they bought him. Looking at him now, PSG and Juve got both mugged by Bayern.
I do doubt if Serge is going to become the winger we’ve been waiting for Theo or anyone else to become. Dude ain’t got much of an engine, no special skill set and he looks like he’s a fan of the odd kebab or 3…
He just put himself in the shop window playing at the Olympics. Plus when the likes of Bayern come calling, AFC gets kicked to the curb…
@ NY Gunner…
U don’t believe Gnabry will be a top player???? Am surprised at that..
But IMO, I think he is better than Iwobi, and Wenger has stated he will be offered a new contract…
As for Wilshere,it could be just a strong rumour as we approach deadline,I don’t believe it BUT if is true,I will be glad!
More reports coming in that Bayern are in fact not involved, and he may be going to Bremen. Whether it’s permanent or loan, we’ll have to see.
The 22-year-old Paraguay international, Miguel Almiron and apparently a work permit is not an issue.
The report didn’t say why, but obviously there must be reason for them state that?
Every season the players come out to boast on winning the league and ends up failing us. it’s one thing to talk and another thing to put those words into action. I would prefer it if they talk less and work more. as for support, the fans are always behind them and we hope they won’t let us fans down this time around. For me, I am not raising my hope high on the title this season, I just want my team to do well and if dey can bring us the title this season that will b great but first of all I want them to keep on performing for us week in week out and take it one step at a time. if we are still very much in the midst by january, then we cn start talking abt the title. buh for now let us kip on focusing and playing our games and see where it will lead us to. I wish our lads d best this season. COYG
As an Arsenal fan i’d love to believe we can win the league. Chelsea and both Manc teams have strengthened on and off the field and will be there about’s come the end of the season. Liverpool can always throw a spanner in the works as they did in the first game and any other team can cause an upset on their day as per last season and so for us to win the league we’ll need all our players to stay fit and the other teams to drop points against each other while we beat them. And now ?