After their 2-0 victory against Liverpool on September 2nd, many plaudits and Arsenal fans seem to be convinced that this was going to be their year. Finally, they would claim their first piece of silverware in six years and lay to rest all of the demons that come entwined with such an unwanted barren spell.
Having come off the back of two 0-0 draws against Sunderland at home and Stoke City away, the club’s supporters now began to see the positive in these results. It didn’t matter that neither Lucas Pololski nor Olivier Giroud had failed to find the net; the always-leaky Arsenal defence had miraculously failed to concede for two games in a row!
And now after their trip to Anfield, they’d added an extra clean sheet to their bundle and Santi Cazorla and Podolski had notched their first efforts for the Emirates outfit.
The 6-1 demolition of Southampton and an extremely impressive point at the champions raised further promise. However a defeat at home to Chelsea coming weeks before an abject showing against Norwich, both of which were sandwiched by a victory at West Ham, have once again proven that the Gunners inconsistency promises to be their Achilles heel this season.
Chatter about the league title has been silenced, instead they now sit ninth and Arsene Wenger will be extremely concerned over whether Arsenal can claim a Champions League spot, with a resurgent Tottenham seeming to be their main competitors for the coveted space again.
Wenger has the nous to move the Gunners up the table, but it remains to be seen whether his new-look squad, now without the goals of Robin Van Persie, can gel together and settle in order for his orders to be met.
Cazorla’s impressive early season form has plateaued after the international break, whilst Podolski has continues to go missing in encounters and Giroud has only scored one effort so far in the campaign. It seems like Arsenal have a real battle on their hands to be among the European elite next season.