So after 10 games, Arsenal are top of the Premier League (although Manchester City and Manchester United still have a game to play today in the Manchester Derby) and things are looking positive.
We currently have the best defensive record in the league, have 4 wins in a row and look like a team with a huge amount of confidence.
Our defence has improved dramatically this season – with Petr Cech the main reason why we have done so well recently. After he shaky start against West Ham United on the opening day of the season, he has looked phenomenal.
Football matches hinge on key moments and Petr Cech has always made the difference. John Terry along with a few other football pundits said that Cech would earn us an extra 12/15 points in a season and it would be hard to argue against it.
His ability is world class and against Bayern, he made a string of vital saves before we scored late on to win the game. And against Everton yesterday, with Arsenal protecting a narrow 2-1 lead, he saved well from ex-Barcelona player Gerard Deulofeu – that secured 3 points instead of just gaining 1.
Our backline looks solid, with Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin looking excellent defensively and offensively, and Mertesacker, Gabriel and Koscielny all look established and comfortable with which ever central defenders are paired together.
In midfield, we have an embarrassment of riches but it is upfront where the most encouraging signs are. Theo Walcott is improving in the role of lone striker every week and Olivier Giroud is also looking good, scoring on a regular basis despite having limited game time.
Arsene Wenger has pulled off a fantastic system regarding the striker role – he now has two real options and can rotate when needed. Theo has been performing well of late, linking up well with Özil and Sanchez, but Giroud has looked very good when called upon – Arsenal finally have a Plan A and Plan B and Arsene can interchange these systems game by game or even during a match. These two distinct styles of attacking play both Theo and Giroud give us is invaluable over the course of a season, and will give opposing teams a real problem when trying to nullify our attacking threat.
And the other real advantage the Theo/Giroud options is that we should be able to keep both of our strikers fresh and fit throughout the course of a long season.
Arsenal look like they are finally in a position where Premier League glory can be achieved.
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