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Is This The Year When Arsenal Come Good?

Is it time for Arsene's stars to shine?

 For many years now we have been saying it’s a matter of time before Arsenal come good. Well after watching them grind out a result at Blackburn on Saturday maybe we won’t be waiting much longer.

The ability that Arsene Wenger’s side possess is in unquestionable. But so often the easy on the eye football hasn’t brought the required results.  But Arsenal seem to be devolving a greater resolve to their game which I suppose was inevitable the young starlets gained experience.

The likes Alex Song and Abou Diaby seem to have grown over the summer and look like they can add the support and protection for Cesc Fabregas to go on and be at his creative best.

Wenger’s major masterstroke though has been his policy over Fabregas. He made it clear that diminutive midfielder was not for sale, and what a boost it must have been for Arsenal not to lose their best player when a European superpower came calling.

But Fabregas also deserves severe praise for the way he has handled himself during the transfer saga that lasted nearly all summer. He made clear his intentions and that he wanted to leave, but has accepted Wenger’s decision. In an era of player power and reported strikes it makes a refreshing change to see somebody accept that they might not get the move they want.

 I suspect Wenger has told his star midfielder that this is the year when Arsenal finally push to make a serious challenge for some honours.

Wenger’s movement in the transfer market backs up the faith he has in his squad. Arsenal brought in experienced French defender Sébastien Squillaci and fellow countrymen Laurent Koscielny  to add competition in the centre of defence. But asides from that Arsenal’s squad is pretty similar and Wenger has once again resisted temptation to splash the cash.

The result is seven points from a start that included tricky trips to Liverpool and Blackburn. I think if you had offered an Arsenal fan four points from them two trips they would have bit your hand off before the start of the campaign.

But the acid test still awaits for Wenger’s side. Have they got enough about them to go the distance and push for the title? Only time will tell, but early signs are good for the Gunners.

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  1. kris B

    September 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    i think wenger is getting it right a bit, by adding players in the arsenal defense, but he should realize that the arsenal injury problem is always a set back for the title challenge, if wenger can find a way to resolve this issue, the sky will be his limit.

  2. musonera

    September 3, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Nous sommes derriere Prof. Wenger. Les années se suivent mais ne se ressamblent pas. A part les blessures, cette fois-ci ce sera la bonne. Des trophées et non une.
    Au cas ou Van persiste with injury, please bring another good striker in January.

    • weedonald

      September 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      Musonera…nice try with the French…adds a little ¨je ne sais quoi¨ to the debate..I`ll correct it if you don`t take umbrage. Nous appuyons Maitre Wenger. Les annees courrent mais sont toujours differents, les uns des autres.
      Malgre les blessure, on peut attend les resultats ce fois-ci. On va gagne plus qu`un…alors multiples trophees.

  3. Aarsh Arsenal

    September 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

    All these DIM-WITTED People like Brian really see things so grossly that they have some of the worst analytical thinking skills…… I think people should think what they see. Without realising the fact that maybe the teams people lke Brian are supporting may not even exist 10 years on or would not have the calibre of players Arsenal is scouting right now and commenting is foolishness…..

    BRIAN – Let me tell you that the fact that you are commenting on this post is itself testifying that you respect Arsenal so much so that you see it as a big force in the Premier League, or may see this as a threat for the team you support. All the BULLCRAP PEOPLE ARE SPITTING OUT HERE….THEY ARE JUST BEING MYOPIC!!

  4. philip

    September 3, 2010 at 2:55 am

    This is our time to shackle off negative criticism that we are gunners and we cannot be continuously this space.

  5. Christian

    August 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Where did the claims that Arsenal always lose to Chelsea/Utd. start?

    2008/2009 — Arsenal win at Stamford Bridge; draw at Old Trafford, beat Utd. at Emirates
    2007/2008 — Arsenal beat Chelsea at Emirates; draw United at Emirates
    2006/2007 — Arsenal draw Chelsea home/away; beat United home/away

    2009/2010 — Arsenal robbed at Old Trafford by phantom penalty; mostly dominated in other three matches
    2005/2006 — Arsenal drew Utd. at Emirates

    • Sacto Blues

      August 31, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      I think until Arsenal can win or more realistically nick a tie off of Manure or Chelsea this year the point is still there that Arsenal isn’t in Chelsea’s or Manure’s class.

  6. stephens

    August 31, 2010 at 1:57 am

    were going to the league were going to win the league when are you going to believe use were going to win the league .this is our season the boys have grown up Chelsea players and Manchester players are getting to old to last a season .as they say the tide is turning .

  7. unclesand

    August 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    one big problem: almunia.
    decent keeper turns the gunners into title contenders. no chance without one.

  8. Joe

    August 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Same claims every year from the arrogant North Lond…err, Frenchmen, and the same results every same year. Lose to Manchester United, lose to Chelsea, beat Tottenham, get confidence, lose RVP to injury, lose to United and Chelsea again, draw late on with a lower half of the table club to effectively end the title hopes.

  9. Leo

    August 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    If Chelsea beats Arsenal this year..mmm…I grill my shoes and eat it with rice!! That’s my level of confidence….

  10. Robert

    August 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I think Arsenal’s success is dependent on two things: the defense and Theo Wolcott. Almunia isn’t elite, but he can be good enough if he doesn’t make the mental errors he made last season. The question is if the back line is ready for the challenge of Chelsea, Man U etc. Kieran Gibbs is coming on strong, and Clichy and Vermaelen are solid. If one of the new signings who I cannot pronounce or spell are legit, then I feel safe against the better offensive teams.

    And if (the big IF) Wolcott is finally living up to the hype, watch out. I think his World Cup snub motivated him (as well as Arsene maybe?) and what you are seeing is the emergence of the player we have been waiting for. RVP/Wolcott/Arshavin combined with the physical presence of Chamakh, and Arsenal are definitely a title contender.

  11. [OPTI]Madschester United

    August 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Sorry, but your title (pun intended) is incorrect. It should be:
    “Is This The Year When Arsenal Come Good: Part VI”

    and the answer is: NO.

    Arsenal lack depth and the unrest created with Fabregas come January will cause the mentally fragile Arsenal to tumble to 3rd or 4th, depending on Tottenham or City forms.

    • Winslow

      September 3, 2010 at 11:31 am

      This is the comment of a clearly uncertain man: “depending on tottenham and city forms”. think again.

  12. Sacto Blues

    August 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hope springs eternal for Arsenal fans. Arsenal will fight with Spurs and Man City for 3rd and 4th place as usual because they are inferior to United and Chelsea.

    • Winslow

      September 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

      This is an assertion that has been made year-in year-out four about four years now; and every time this is said, the critics always end up with a tail between their legs. You will be just one of such people.

  13. Pablo

    August 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    RVP, injured or not, is not the only source of goals for this Arsenal team. In fact, scoring goals will not be a problem all season. Stopping goals is where we need help. The current 4-3-3 formation makes it very difficult to defend. Our defenders are expected to cover a much larger portion of the pitch than a team managed by Mourinho or Benitez. They use a very cynical approach that relies on the counter attack, while Arsene brings the game to the opponents.
    The standard detractors who always claim that Arsenal don’t win anything are technically correct. But, how many other teams have advanced out of the Champions League group stages for more than 10 years running? We are always in competition for several awards evert year. Arsenal are enjoying the longest current stay in the top flight, a record with a 35 years cushion. When a team has to compete on four different fronts, it takes a lot of luck to win,and we haven’t had any of late. We may not win anything this year, but we are still capable of beating any team in the world on any given day.

  14. TheSoccerSage

    August 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Two players from the optimal lineup of Almunia (funny, right?); Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Clichy; Song, Nasri, Fabregas; Arshavin, RvP, Walcott have already fallen victim to injury (Nasri, RvP). The key to Arsenal’s trophy hunt will continue to be injuries and form of key squad players such as Rosicky, Denilson, Eboue, Djourou, Chamakh, & Wilshere. I think Arsenal have as good a shot as anyone, especially considering a post-World Cup campaign might see stars at Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, & Tottenham suffer from fatigue/injury as well.

  15. Fee

    August 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t think RvP will be playing too much this season again, but I think we are better equipped to cope with his absence. Chamakh is a bigger presence up top and with Rosicky looking in terrific shape I don’t see a problem with us putting together a proper challenge. As long as we spread the burden throughout the squad with or without injuries.

  16. ArsenalBoy

    August 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    We always loose to the big teams? wtf are you talking about? this team has beaten Chelsea and Man Utd previously, last year we lost to both but is hardly “always”.

    If you beleive this squad is not good enough to win the league then you are just a pessimistic idiot because we have been in the race in 2 of the last 4 seasons and now have a more experienced squad, yes, kids become men at some point and our kids will only get better.

    Dont say Walcott will just turn back to Walcott, that is ridiculous, what makes Walcott incosistent has been his injuries, he takes around 6 games to gain form but usually gets injured before those 6 games or just after, so hopefully he will stay fitter this term.

    RvP already gained an injury but be thankful that it was nothing like the last one that ruled him out for the whole season, RvP takes like 1 game to be match fit again so I am sure we can cope well without him for 2 games.

    I beleive we should be positive, we always score goals, problems are defending and letting a goal in at Anfield and Blackburn is not bad…. 2 places where we suffered massively last season, Liverpool were all over us in the first half and Blackburn was a nightmare… you can see we handled both games better from a defensive point of view, so I dont understand the negativity of our new defensive players.

  17. Paul

    August 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I hope this is the year as I am a Gunners fan. However, lets hope the Wenger starts valuing keepers realistically. He won’t get a Champions League quality keeper for £2 million and this is really the only huge weakness in the squad.

  18. iwaegbe

    August 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    wel i supose tin wil be difrent if wenger can listen 2 fans,we need 2 add 3 more player 2 d team,we nid a goalkeeper a sriker nd 1defender

  19. Boro Primorac

    August 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Brian you do not know what you are talking about. Five teams could win the Premier League this season, arsenal are one of them,

  20. Vious

    August 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    This season is exactly like the last few for Arsenal

    They have talent and depth but neither are Top Class in the Premier League.

    They dominate lower teams but lose big games

    They will finish #3 like they always do

  21. ruffneckc

    August 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    All Arsenal fans hope this is the case but it depends on if the side can stay injury free. Already, the injures have started occurring after just 3 matches. That has been and continues to be the biggest hindrance to our chances. As it stands, v. Persie is out and so is Bendter. That’s two strikers out of 4 (including Walcott). Nasri is also out as well at the moment.

    I’m hoping the GPS device can help Wenger rotate the squad better when needed to minimize this.

    • Rayhan

      September 6, 2010 at 1:48 am

      I’m hoping the GPS device can also help u to locate another striker that we have. We have 4 strikers excluding Walcott! 😀

  22. TH 14

    August 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    @Brian – shut the hell up if you dont have what to say please

  23. RVPFan

    August 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I hope so. We fans have really been waiting for too long now. Having been an avid Arsenal supporter for many years now, and having had enormous faith in Wenger, I really believe this group of guys can bring the silverware. Fabregas will be back and they have few easy home games to notch up some points now before they face the likes of Chelsea, City and Utd. By that time we should see Fab at his best, hopefully Van Persie will be back, and Walcott will keep up the momentum. The real test for Arsenal this season is the back line. Koscielny has had some decent performances, Song and Diaby can hold back as well, but it’s Drogba we need to stop. He has scored ruthlessly when he has played us, and there is no reason to believe it would be otherwise, unless Arsenal step up on the back and give Didier no room to shoot. Easier said than done, but Arsenal need to keep a United front. Keep the chin up, play good football and hold the back fort. I really believe we can do it. I really do.

  24. Brian

    August 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    OMG! I can’t believe it actually only took 3 matches this season for the recurring “Will Arsenal finally grow up and win silverware” argument to develop!

    The answer is no, as always. Walcott will resume being Walcott shortly, RVP is again injured, and Wenger bought only more average Frenchmen to fill out the side.

    • weedonald

      September 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      Your opinion, while being your democratic right, is too slanted to merit consideration. Afterall, it is you who state that 3 games into the season is too short a time to permit a fair argument to develop about where the Gunners are headed. So what if RVP is out AGAIN , Walcott is on fire, Squillaci and Koscielny will slot in well with the Verminator and Almunia seems to be steadier than previous years.Chamakh is looking better every game, Nasri is showing great signs (before his injury) and Rosicky is also sharp. Cesc is getting into form again and eboue,Song,Diaby and Denilson are all working hard. Even the midget Russian is doing his bit and he isn`t anywhere near top form YET!!!

      Come back in December and we`ll see what predictions can be made.

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