By: Tarik Demoura
7 wins in 8 games and 4 goals away from home is not a bad way to go into November. Although against a poor Sunderland side who when Defoe equalized, looked like giving Arsenal a familiar head ache that fellow North East side Middlesbrough had at the emirates.
Cue Olivier Giroud with his first two touches, the Gunners were 3-1 up in a flash. And that’s seems to be the marked difference this season. Missing at the Stadium of Light was Santi, Xhaka, Monreal and Walcott all who are a big part of the great run the team has been on. However, in came Elneny, Gibbs and Chamberlain who all had a very solid and impressive game. That competition for places and depth in the squad has fans and pundits alike talking up Arsenal’s title chances. In my opinion I have already stated that this Gunners squad is one of the strongest in a long-time. There are two or three players for each position and any drop in performance means there’s a quality player waiting to take your place.
The improvement at the back with Mustafi slotting in alongside koscielny is what Arsenal have been crying out for. The depth of midfield options has meant that Jack Wilshere has had to go to the South coast to get game time. The attacking options are there for all to see with Alexis Sanchez proving a more than capable number nine and Theo Walcott looking like he may be becoming the player we all thought he could be (time and avoiding injury will tell). The goals are coming from all avenues with Özil, Walcott and Chamberlain weighing in so far and creativity coming from all over the pitch.
Things are looking good but like many times before, at this time of the season; Arsenal have been real title contenders. The real test for me will come in a month that traditionally has been tough for the Gunners. With Sp*rs, Man United and PSG (in the Champions League) to come in November. These are the games that will provide the test that in the past Arsenal have failed. Starting with Sp*rs at home this week. A win in that game will put down a real statement of intent and silence the critics that call Arsenal flat track bullies only capable of beating the lesser teams.
I strongly believe and have said before that if Arsenal can keep the squad together and avoid injuries, especially long term ones then a real title challenge is on the cards. The Gunners fans have been here many times before only to be disappointed. The game vs spurs will signal the way forward.
Written By: Tarik Demoura, follow him on Twitter; @
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