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Gunners in the driving seat

By | 12th November 2009

At the start of the season, Arsene Wenger’s young Gunners were written off as title challengers by many analysts and TV pundits. Some even argued that the new Manchester City powerhouse would take over Arsenal at the top of the table.

It was an easy assumption to make as City made news every day during the transfer window. The prospect of players like Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor joining forces with Gareth Barry and Robinho was too juicy to miss.

On the other hand, Arsenal’s transfer window was a bore. They signed a relatively unknown Belgian defender – Thomas Vermaelen. The 23 year old was received skeptically as he stood at 5 feet 10 inches and 165 pounds. What was he supposed to do when defending against people like Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres in the most physical league in the world?

Well, not only is Vermaelen a great defender, he is a great scorer too. Arsene Wenger must be laughing at his critics.

Currently, Arsenal stand in second place in the Premier League. They have surpassed champions Manchester United and are pretty close in points with Chelsea at the top of the table. All of this while having a game in hand.

Maybe it’s a little premature to say that Arsenal will win the Premier League. Still, it would be ridiculous to say that they are not strong contenders, especially after their latest performances. The Gunners have not tasted defeat since September 12, when they lost a heated match to Manchester City.

That might have been the catalyst the Gunners needed. After that game they have scored 23 goals and allowed only 6. Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, and Andrei Arshavin are in top form, while stars like Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky are back on the pitch after long absences.

Arsenal is still a young team but it is no longer inexperienced. Most of the players in the squad have been playing together for quite some time and are now hitting a point of maturity that demands trophies.

It is clear that the Gunners are currently having a very good time on the pitch. In recent games, they dispatched their toughest opponent quite easily when they defeated Spurs 3-0. However, their true abilities are going to be tested on November 29, when they face current league leaders Chelsea. That game will be decisive and should answer a lot of questions about Arsenal.

Reader Comments

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  1. alex s says:

    I told u edgar haha

  2. Gustavo says:

    Can't wait for the match against Chelsea, I am an Arsenal fan but this game is too close to predict a winner. Arsenal is hungry for some silverware this year and they have the team to get on top of the league.

  3. Andy says:

    Agree with Adrian. For the last couple of matches the gunners have been conceding late goals. It aint going to be easy to score agaginst Chelsea but score we must if we are to win.

    I just don't want the hard work undone by a defence that goes awol.This is criminal

    and AW shd forget about infanticide by getting the players who can stiffen the defnce.

  4. Chris says:

    They say Arsenal are inexperienced, but the current crop of players have been playing for 2-3 years and they can't be called inexperienced. I think Arsenal have grown and will prove all the critics wrong this season.

  5. olubunmi says:

    gud jod 4 u guys about ur updating news for all great fans,pls just send me more about arsenal any time anywhere i remain a loyal fan oof arsenal till death do us part.dis message is is from bunmi aaua

  6. adrian says:

    Quite right the chelsea match is not a title decider, but will indicate the level arsenal have reached. You need to remember who arsenal have played so far. The tough matches come up in early 2010. The school report would say OK up till now, but still some room for improvement.

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