Posted on Saturday, 22nd September 2012 by Stanley Maduka
Arsenal started their season with two goalless draws against Sunderland and Stoke to the frustration of some impatient fans and critics who keep an eagle’s eye out on the club, waiting to stick their claws and rip out whatever evil press they can no matter the positives.
With the departure of former captain Robin Van Per$hit, the prophecies of Arsenal’s doom and another trophyless season began to rain in. This mounted more pressure on our players to score, especially our strikers (Po-Goal-Ski and Giroud), but Arsene Wenger knew best as it was only a matter of time before the former scored Arsenal’s first goal of the campaign and slowly making butterflies in our tummies with the sight of him playing alongside our Spanish maestro Santi Carzola, who scored the second goal against Liverpool.
Clearly, both Cologne and Malaga have to feel ripped off seeing their former players performances in the red and white jersey.
Having two of the three new signings looking ever so effective when called upon, preying eyes could not help but tag Oliver Giroud a flop after just two and a quarter games, mainly due to the squandered chances he had in his first two games. Much shouldn’t be expected from him as other players doing the scoring seems to be helping the Frenchman seeing he is still bedding in at a slower rate than the other two signings with a few missed chances and an assist to his name so far this season.
The Gunners can take a lot of positives from his good run onto balls and the goal which will kick start his Arsenal regime is only a few chances away. I do not see this young man, who was the highest goal scorer in Ligue 1 last season, doing any worse than Fernando Torres at Chelsea or Andy Carroll at Liverpool.
Six goals after, the question of Arsenal’s ability to score without their talisman was indeed buried, prompting a new one – are they truly title contenders?
It was a dream start compared to last season which included our infamous 8-2 thumping at Old Trafford.
We are currently third and two points behind table toppers Chelsea and one goal conceded and with the highest goal difference in the league of +7, the question wasn’t out of hand despite it being the early stages.
I haven’t been this excited to Arsenal’s start in a while and maybe there is reason to be hopeful towards ending the trophy drought. The players are not popping the champagne bottles yet, as they know this weekend against the champions, Manchester City, will go a long way to answering the question at hand.
If we manage to bag all three points, even one against City and keep a clean sheet, then confidence will be sky high. And if we do not, it won’t be the end of the world as we will still have 33 games left to play.
With a bit more luck, a shorter injury list and the current effort of the team, why can’t they challenge for the title? We clearly leave teams on life support when we rock their venue and as Wenger would say, ‘judge me at the end of the season’.
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