By: Tarik Demoura


A home win over Southampton, a point however how lucky in Paris and the usual win over Hull City. Are three results that would suggest a positive response to the slow start for Arsenal. Starting with the positives. A return to form for Alexis scoring the goal at PSG and scoring twice against Hull. Alex Iwobi showing signs of great promise after a standout performance at Hull. Theo Walcott scoring and looking dangerous on the flank and finally new boy Mustafi settling in well. All in all three straight wins in the league and a point away in the champions league would suggest the Gunners are on the up.

Starting with the Southampton game. The chances conceded, especially to Shane Long who on another day could have had a hat trick and only a last minute penalty saved the day. The defensive frailties were again shown up as in the PSG game in the Champions League. The lack of defensive discipline and phases where the midfield and back line were caught high up the pitch. Where reminiscent of the Monaco game in the knock out stage last season.

Arsenal-Arsenal-FC-Gunners-Arsene-Wenger-Francis-Coquelin-568253With Francis Coquelin showing a real lack of tactical awareness and on more than one occasion being caught up the field when he should be the one player providing the protection for the back four. Moving on, and although eyebrows where raised to hear that David Ospina was in the goal, his performance was superb. So to take a point from this game was a very good result.

Arsenal being able to win ugly or a case of getting away with it? Well in my opinion the latter, if the Gunners continue to approach games in such a open fashion I feel they will come unstuck. The same defensive frailty’s and tactical problems seem to be there. This can be seen in the Hull game which was a positive performance. The forwards and the attacking looked fluid and showed a real cutting edge, but even with Hull down to 10 men Arsenal still made mistakes and made closing out the game more difficult than it should have been. Granted they stepped up the gears and finished of Hull including a stunning Granit Xhaka strike.

However beating teams like Hull which by the way no disrespect to them is not the issue. The real test will come against the bigger teams and where the Gunners have failed in past seasons. The first of these tests will come against Chelsea this coming weekend a team although lost and in turmoil last season, they still managed to do the double over the Gunners. A home defeat to a resurgent Liverpool already this season, a defeat to Chelsea would leave the North London side playing catch up already.

Arsenal v Chelsea, Great Britain - 2 Aug 2015

On the flip side if Arsene Wenger’s men can manage the win over the west London Club, it could be the result that really gets Arsenal’s title challenge on track. The signs are positive and getting results are a good sign. The real sign would be if Arsenal can learn and improve their performances, especially when playing the teams around them. Consistency is the key and if the squad can stay fit that would be a key to winning the league this season. If Arsenal can manage wins over the traditional big clubs this would be a step in the right direction. And this is where Arsene Wenger’s men have time and time again have failed. So is this a response of a team growing and improving? Or as in the past is this just papering over the cracks? Time will tell.

I really like to hear the views and opinions of all Arsenal Supporters tweet me. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Written By: Tarik Demoura, follow him on Twitter; @tarik_demoura

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