When Arsenal lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, every Arsenal fan was angry and upset. We had one of the most frustrating summer transfer windows to date, bringing in only Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini on a free, had spent absolutely nothing of our massive “transfer war chest” and just been humiliated at home to a side that struggled to stay in the Premier League last season.
We made the same old defensive mistakes, performed poorly and clearly needed new players to revitalise the club. In terms of winning trophies, we were miles off.
But yet again Arsene Wenger, not for the first time in his 17 year reign as Arsenal manager, didn’t panic and got on with his job. He endured abuse from the fans and questions from the press – Arsenal were in crisis. But 6 weeks on we are top of the Premier League by 2 points and 8 points clear of the reigning Premier League champions, top of our Champions League group (labelled the “group of death”) and have only lost 1 of our last 22 games.
We brought in Mesut Ozil, who is truly a world class player and we are playing some of the best football we have seen in a good few years. Our confidence is sky high, we are getting players back from injury and the whole squad seems to be flying at the moment.
The performance against Napoli last night, especially for the first half an hour, was immense. I was privileged to have witnessed such wonderful football – it was ridiculously good.
So I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to Arsene Wenger. I will admit that after the opening day of the season I lost my rag. Even though now after taking some perspective and realising things weren’t as bad as we all thought, Arsene knows.
The results, performances and position we find ourselves in at this moment in time is just a dream. If you said we’d be top of the league, be on a huge winning streak, performing with massive confidence and playing the football we have been on the 17th August I would have told you that you were crazy.
In Arsene we trust indeed.