The true test for Arsenal is still to come

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What ever happened to all those fans who had been screaming for Arsene Wenger to leave the past couple of years? It would appear as if all the Wenger haters have suddenly gone quiet now that Arsenal is top of the Premiership.

In just one masterstroke the 63-year-old Frenchman his wiped the slate clean by signing Mesut Özil from Real Madrid silencing his critics who were complaining that the Arsenal manager treated the clubs money as if it was his own, and that he was afraid to spend it.

Apart from the first game of the season when the gunners suffered a surprise loss at home to Aston Villa they have been in brilliant form especially so against the only true test they have had so far this season, Italian side Napoli who are currently second in Serie A   two points adrift of leaders Roma.

Now I hate to be the one to burst the Arsenal fans bubble, but I have not yet bought into the idea that they can win the Premiership, as they are still to face any of the league’s top teams, except perhaps for Spurs in a derby game that is always a close affair no matter what.

Arsenal has also been helped by the fact that Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have had a few hiccups under their new managers.

In the space of the next couple of weeks it will give us a chance to see if the Gunners really are a title contender as they face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, Liverpool, and Manchester United in the league along with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

If they can win at least two of those matches I will start to consider them as a challenger and just so you know I am aware that their current success has come while some of their top players Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have been missing through injury.

Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns on Sunday where they will play a West Bromwich Albion side that they only just managed to beat in the Capital One Cup on penalties after the match finished 1-1.

 

 

 

About Mark Finlay

Living a simple life in Spain where I follow, and write about the beautiful game. Owner of www.soccertransfers.net. While ranting and ranting and raving at @soccertransfer1 on twitter.

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