This season marks ten years since Arsenal won the League title at their invincible best and Saturday’s 4-1 win at Norwich had the same flair and prowess of Arsenal’s past. After a disappointing home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season Arsene Wenger’s side has blossomed into title contention. Seven games on and Arsenal have surprised everyone by heading the Premier League table.
At the Emirates on Saturday, the home team’s attacking play was purposeful, creative and clinical, as has been the case throughout this season. Wenger’s side entertained the crowd with their team play as his attacking players wove together exquisite passes to expose the Norwich City defence.
The first goal from Jack Wilshere embodied the team’s mesmerising display. Santi Cazorla started off the sharp, one-touch exchanges before the in-form Frenchman Olivier Giroud and Wilshere carved out the opening for the first goal. It was simply stunning.
Mezut Ozil and Aaron Ramsay were next in line to delight the Arsenal fans. The club’s record signing can do no wrong and even scored a first headed goal for the Gunners. When Ozil signed for the North London side, pundits were praising Wenger for splashing the cash. But it has been Ozil’s performances that have lifted the confidence of the team. He has seamlessly made an impact and that should not be underestimated in a league which has troubled many talented players before him.
September’s player of the month Aaron Ramsay also continued his impressive nine-goal scoring run, as he scored arguably the second best goal of the day. He forced the Norwich defenders from one side to the other and, leaving them sliding to the floor, calmly placed the ball into the back of the net.
Composed and confident, this is an Arsenal team without Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who are still to return. Wenger’s attacking options should be envied.
Critics will say that the Gunners are yet to face a tough test but Chelsea, Liverpool and both of the Manchester Clubs have all stumbled against lower opposition. Perhaps Arsenal’s Champion’s League tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday will show the true potential of this team. Doubts were expressed prior to Arsenal’s impressive 2-0 win against Napoli but facing the Champion’s League finalists will be a greater challenge in a match that will be a must-watch for the neutral.