The team that in the summer, fans and the media essentially ridiculed. Bids were made and rejected – the club looked more likely to win a trophy than sign a player. Names such as Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and of course Luis Suarez were all mentioned and dangled above fans in what proved to be the worst kind of temptation. Come deadline day, Wenger had only signed Mathieu Flamini (again) and looked bereft of ideas.
Then it all changed. Mesut Ozil arrived and things started to look up. The 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa was swept aside and Arsenal went on a role. A role that they have still not finished. The Gunners are playing better football with each passing game and look like a side that hark back to the ‘invincibles’ of 2003/2004.
Wenger stuck to his guns and maintained that he knew what was best for the club. Despite a barrage of criticism last season when Aaron Ramsey failed to perform, game after game, Wenger stuck with him. Now the midfielder has overcome injury and the aforementioned criticism to become one of the best midfielders in the country at this moment. Goals, assists, you name it, the Welshman is producing it.
New boy Ozil is performing like a man possessed – determined to show Real Madrid and Florentino Perez exactly what they lost. A fragile wallflower seems about as far removed a description from the Ozil fans of the Premier League are seeing as is possible. All the while, Real Madrid are stalling and Gareth Bale is sitting either on the bench or in the treatment room.
Ozil cannot be the only player who credit is given to however – Flamini has added that bit of steel the midfield has been lacking for so long. Actually willing to stick his foot in and make a challenge, the 29 year old has taken charge and become the general in the middle of the park.
New arrivals aside, Olivier Giroud may not be the majority of fan’s first choice forward, but there is no denying that he has excelled thus far this season. Settling the North London derby and scoring in Europe are just two of the strings we have seen on his bow this term. Looking sharper and more motivated, the Frenchman is making the number nine position his own and showing why a forward was not needed in the summer. Although offer Luis Suarez to Arsene Wenger in January and Liverpool may once again be faced with an act of cannibalism as Wenger bites their hand off.
In a season where most people thought they would be facing up to Europa League football and a fight for the top four, Arsenal are gunning down everything in their wake. Opinions on if it will last seem to vary, but one thing is for sure, any Premier League manager would willingly swap positions with Wenger right now – and that can never be a bad thing.
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