Watch out Man United – Arsenal are still improving!

Arsenal are climbing back up the table, and after a great week when we knocked Tottenham out of the League Cup and then ended Leicester’s unbeaten run, we are showing signs of growing belief and confidence. Per Mertesacker thinks that the Gunners can keep improving ahead of Manchester’s United’s visit to the Emirates next weekend.

“We were quite happy after the win in midweek,” he said on “We took some of that confidence with us today and you could see that.

“There is a little room for improvement but I think we should take more confidence into the game on Tuesday in the Champions League [against Olympiacos]. Obviously it is very tight but we want to continue next weekend against Manchester United, too.”

After playing four away games in a row, it should be a relief to play a couple at home in the coming week, although our facile beating of Stoke is our only home victory so far this season. Now we will have the chance to put that right against the current League leaders.

Theo Walcott, who scored our equalising goal yesterday, is also expecting some more improvement for himself in the centre-forward position. He was asked if he thought the Leicester game was his best display in that role. He replied: “It will be up there since the knee injury and, before that, the Tottenham game. I have always said I want to play up front. When I get the opportunity I can improve and learn the position a little more. The manager has had faith in me and I just want to repay him.”

I have a feeling that Giroud will start against Olympiakos and Walcott will be back for the Man United game.

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  1. Next CL match:
    Debuchy Mert Gab Gibbs
    Arteta Chambers
    Ox Ozil Campbell
    Because I don’t care much about the result in CL …
    Let’s get it ready for MU, I want us to knock them down very badly …

  2. Am I the only one who thinks Theo will grow in his position just like coqulan in dm?
    I’m sure that’s the belief of wenger why he didn’t want a st on less they are world class

    I was also one of those who wanted flamini out to make way for a dm but we seem to forget his hunger and desire. He also was one of the most accurate passers in the premiere league with 91% accuracy. He also showed the other side of his game wich is to drive forward and the ability to finish. Overall he is a useful squad player to have.

    The thing that gives us a chance of the title is we have many players like this in comparison to the other challengers. Even Gabriel is arguably good enough to get into the other sides. We also have veterans like rosicky,arteta to call up on to control tempo and close games out(chelsea did this with mike last year)

    Theirs also good players such as ; Giroud,welbeck,wilshire,gibbs,ospina,ox who will supplement the X11

    And Campbell, chambers will be hungry to take any chances they get

      1. Are you a spud ? I’m pointing out that we have a good squad we need world class additions not good enough additions. Look how well that worked for Spurs buying all sorts of players with a high turn over (post bale)

        If you look at the top players bought by top English teams ;
        Memphis,de bruyne,sterling,otamendi,begovic,baba,Damian isn’t/much of animprovement on our xll and they were all over price

        Schweini would have been good but is at his twilight of his career
        Schnederlin would have been a 25m back up to coqulan(I wanted him here aswell)
        Falqao has been an expensive flop,

    1. arteta: no: give him a fond sendoff.

      rosizcky: yes, love him. should be played more often. cant wait for his injury to heal.

      campbell: enigma. thought highly of him, not sure now.

      ox: he’s almost there in terms of scoring. but wenger needs to have stern word to him about defending.

        1. Do you have any Arsenal-supporting children. Do you think kids should be able to read about Arsenal without foul-mouthed swearing on the site?

          Serious question….

  3. I think we can beat United, and if Alexis is in form, we will beat them. Hope Coquelin is back for that game though, or we’re in trouble.

  4. Fans must be realistic and realise that Man Utd are no pushovers….

    they can easily punish us if we are not careful……

    1. But fans also have to realise we’re no pushovers ourselves. We have very dangerous attacking players in our team too, arguably more dangerous ones.

      1. mick: spot on. thats the real difference between prior years and now. after we beat MU last year and chelsea in Aug, we know we can go toe to toe with anyone in PL. and especially now that our strikers have started striking.

  5. Lets be sensible about this.
    It was a fantastic result against an in form Leicester side.
    But we have been here before many times and things have gone wrong.
    It takes more than just having top quality players like Sanchez to win the league – there are other qualities you need like playing as a team and winning when you play badly – that is the stuff of champions.
    As for Walcott lets not forget he has scored 12 in his last 13 – not a bad effort for someone who isnt a striker according to some..

  6. PLEASE WENGER: sort OX out. he could be really useful to us, but totally irresponsible about the defending.

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