The ‘distractions’ of midweek football in the Champions League are behind us now (thankfully) and we are desperate for the fifth weekend of the English Premier League to kick off immediately. There is a consensus that it is too early to read meanings into any results just yet. New signings are still getting to grips with their new managers’ accents, some older faces still not sure why those last minute ‘Peter-at-Loftus’ deals fell through. Nike introduced a new ball design too, so, the strikers are still adjusting to the aerodynamics.
Yet, no one will tell you there is ever a good time to lose, neither is it too early to start making a good impression. If you think you shouldn’t be giving the new girl a flower just because it’s only been a day or two after you first met, you don’t ask silly questions when you see her cackling euphorically in a stroll through the bully’s garden. It has been anything but rosy for the Gunners this past weeks, and having struggled to really lay down a marker in the Leagues so far (as a club or two have done), we should question if everyone in the team have actually returned from the summer holidays with their full focus on the team.
The recent performances, especially against Dortmund, have been a collective shambles from all who turned out on the pitch, so we don’t single anyone out for necessary proceedings at the Tower. Nevertheless, some, more than others, have to imagine that they have not fulfilled expectations and must appreciate every subsequent opportunity as their chance to prove a point.
Here are 5 of them.
- Danny Welbeck
The monumental decline in the frequency of the ‘Dat Guy’ tweets since that missed chip against City is all you need to know about how much Welbeck needs to do. He certainly was not the big-hitting striker everyone was salivating for Arsenal to sign during the transfer window but the widespread appreciation of his potential brought all fans on board to tip the lad for great success with us. It is positive that in the two games in which he has featured for us, playing his favorite role, he has worked hard to create space for himself while bringing the other players into attacking actions. Those, unfortunately, have been nothing but silver linings. #16million was paid for Danny to score goals, and though I am incurably optimistic that he will come good, I am desperate for him to hit it off against Aston Villa.
- Jack Wilshere
He had said that he would require a run of 6 to 7 games to fully get back to his best, and besides the rest given to him at Leciester, he has pretty much got his wish. Wilshere has shown more indications of the potential we know he has in the recent games, his Man of the Match performance against City arguably being the best we have seen for as long as most can remember. There still lies a need for a stamp of confirmation that Jack is well and truly back. The short passes, the bursting runs, the defensive positioning when the team is under siege – we need to be sure those details are being perfected.
To be continued….
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