It seems that every single season in recent years, Arsenal have flattered to deceive at the begining of the campaign, and so it proved in the last one. After our opening defeat to Liverpool, we then went on a 20-game unbeaten run before collapsing around the time of the Champions League knockout rounds and dropping away from the race for the Premiership title.
Then, as our long-suffering fans actually predicted, we picked up form again at the end as we tried to get back into the Top Four, winning 10 of our last 11 games to win the FA Cup but ultimately failing to reach the Top Four by just one measly point.
This year we have to avoid that mid-season dip, and perhaps with our newfound depth in the squad we can work to keep up our form right the way through the season. Our keeper Petr Cech has done it before many times with Chelsea, and he believes that Arsenal ned to do it this season if we are going to win the title. He said on Arsenal.com: “The one thing that is clear in the Premier League is that, if you don’t play at your best every game, then you will obviously have difficulties winning every game,”
“You need to make sure that you are prepared and ready for every game to make the most of it. Every goal and every point is very important.
“We believe in our ability and we believe in our squad. I think that we showed last season, especially at the end of the season, that we can compete with anybody. We just need to make sure that the period we had in February and March, which cost us the better league position, doesn’t happen again. We have a well-balanced squad with a lot of quality.”
We have the quality, now we just need to get the confidence and belief. Arsenal have some great pre-season games against some of the best teams in the world. If we can show we can compete now we can go into the new campaign with more than our usual hope and belief.
Come on the Arsenal! Onwards and Upwards!