Arsenal have had a dream start to the new Premier League season. Despite falling to a home defeat on the first week of the season, 4 wins out of the subsequent 4 have put the Gunners top of the league log. Le Prof has spoken glowingly of the team especially the new boy Mesut Ozil who provided the 3 assists for three different scorers to give the Gunners a convincing victory.
“When you look at his numbers, the assists are not a coincidence it is just a reality of his game,”
“I believe that once he is completely integrated we will see even more of him, but he has shown today that he is a great player.
“You could see today he has good pace as well and at the moment he focuses on his passes but he can create individually as well.”
Without hyping Ozil, he is simply fantastic. 4 assists in just his second Premier League game and third match for his new club is stunning. He has shown different sides to his game. He can create from open play as he did against Sunderland but so also can he create from set-pieces as he did against Stoke. He has helped add a new dimension to Arsenal’s game. I thought with the exit of Van Persie we won’t be able to profit from dead ball situations but the German has shown that there’s life after the Dutchman. He seems the complete package; he can dribble, pick out passes and also take set-pieces. What more can one ask of a player?
Despite securing the maximum points, Wenger has sounded a note of warning that there’s still more arrows in the Gunners’ quiver.
“The first half was fluent, [we played] well going forward, and in the second half we looked jaded physically and lost our technical quality,”
“But we have shown another aspect that we can dig deep and fight when we are a bit under pressure.
“When you play against Stoke you don’t expect to score three goals from set-pieces and that is the biggest surprise for me today. But it shows as well how important the delivery is.”
I can’t fault him on that. Some critics have been quick to argue that Arsenal’s seeming fine form is due to the quality of opposition but they have also been swift to forget that we have beaten big spending Tottenham and have also won at Fulham which is a difficult place to go. We might not have played the traditional big names Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, but it is worthy to note that we have also been stretched in recent weeks owing to injuries. The team has been without Arteta, Cazorla, Podolski and Chamberlain. The return of these players will give us added boost and different dimension. With the current level of confidence at the Emirates, we are well capable to take on any of the so-called heavyweights.
He also spoke on the absence of Walcott. The English star pulled out of the starting line-up after suffering a weird injury during the warm-up.
“He had an abdominal muscle problem, I don’t really know what it is. Nobody can tell me,” .
“Is it a question of days? I hope. He had a test before the game, but I decided to play him. He’d had a little problem already before the Marseille game and it became a little bit worse.
“I hope it’s nothing. It’s a bit mysterious because we don’t really know what it is.”
It was a shame Walcott couldn’t play against Stoke. I was already longing to see his combination with Ozil but alas! He missed out. I just hope he isn’t out for a protracted period. We are gradually inching closer to the crucial period. The mid-week clash against West Brom in the Capital One Cup is important but not enough to risk the first team players. Walcott could take a deserved rest. Hopefully, he would be raring to go against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. With Chelsea playing Tottenham, it would be the perfect time to extend the lead over both London neighbours.