Arsenal have for long been ridiculed for their lack of transfers, failure to win big games and so on.
This seemed to be the case this season as well when they lost their first game of the season at home to Liverpool on the back of a poor transfer window before the season started with 35 million pound man Granit Xhaka their only major signing.
The game against Liverpool was a flashback to the previous seasons as they took the lead and then fell meekly to Liverpool’s response. And, adding salt to the wound, they lost Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi to hamstring injuries.
The following week they drew at Leicester and that compounded another poor start to the season for Arsene’s men who were already trailing leaders Manchester City by 5 points with just 2 games into the new season .
But since then things have changed for them as they signed German international Shkodran Mustafi and Striker Lucas Perez from Valencia and La Coruna respectively . The signings addressed their defensive crisis and their search for a striker.
The home fixture against Southampton was a tricky one as this was one of the sides that have troubled Arsenal recently.They conceded first as Cech had an effort from Tadic bounce off him into the net. Laurent Koscielny equalized for the home side with an acrobatic effort following a corner and they secured an unlikely win when Santi Cazorla slotted home a stoppage time penalty to make it 2-1.
This was something new for Arsenal , they were the ones used to dominating a game and ending on the losers side because the opponents were more hungry compared them. If this was surprising their next game against PSG in the Champions league was even more so, trailing to an early Cavani goal they managed to crawl their way back into the game when Sanchez scored in the 75th min.Until then they hadn’t a shot on target. Of course, they were helped by some poor finishing on PSG’s part but still they held on to draw the game.
Games against Hull city and Nottingham Forest weren’t really a two-sided affair and they breezed through these winning 4-1 and 4-0 respectively.
Next was a home game against Chelsea, this was a mental block for them as they haven’t defeated them since 2011(Premier league alone). But those did not seem to haunt them as they strolled past Chelsea with a 3-0 victory. They outplayed Chelsea in every department as they showed no mercy to Conte’s men and took them apart. They displayed defensive steel, courage and were determined not to concede .
Arsenal this season do not seem like the same old team which didn’t have any fight in them.They are finally showing their quality as an entire unit instead of individual flashes of quality here and there. The defense seems to work as a unit and they have grown in confidence with every passing game and are undefeated since the opening day defeat to Liverpool.Will they continue to perform this way ? Only time will tell , but for now they seem like a team which is hungry and ready for success