Six games in and at the top of the table with a two point lead sit Arsenal. Yes, Arsenal. The team who were defeated by Aston Villa, at the Emirates on the first day of the season. Seems like a long time ago where there was panic at the Emirates and the fans were calling for some sort of change.
Change came in the form of Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Flamini, the dominance of Aaron Ramsey and five wins on the bounce. Yes after five games to say Arsenal will win the title would be brave and possibly incorrect, but there is the sense that the trophy drought may actually end this season and it is mainly down to one man. Arsene Wenger. The success or failure of the team will land on the shoulders of Mr Wenger.
As I’ve said before, there are improvements which do need to be made but what can we criticise?
The lack of strength in-depth? Well there is a huge amount of injuries but Wenger’s trust in his players has seen to be proven. You would think a team missing: Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carzola, Rosicky, Podolski and other players suffering from injury (shout out to Diaby. Five games on, three months out) would suffer to collect points, but Wenger’s trust in his squad has been repaid, so far. Again this can only be truly tested at the business end of the season.
I will admit I am still sceptical of Wenger’s transfers. Although he did clear a lot of the deadwood, I do still think we are a bit light. In a few weeks we will see how strong the depth of our squad is when we play Chelsea, Dortmund, Liverpool and Man United in a three week period.
If our injury problems decrease by then, the fixtures should not be an issue. It will be a long way before Christmas but it will be an accurate view of what this new look Arsenal are made of.
As for now, everything Wenger touches turns into a victory and keep David Moyes in!