Good form or just plain lucky?

Exciting times are afoot for the Gunners.
 
After enduring about 2 seasons of dangerous and perilous starts to the season, it might seem improbable that the Arsenal would top the table at the moment. Sky Sports also reported that the Gunners would be granted a handsome transfer warchest for Wenger to invest on new players; which is doubtful given the fact that the  players are eager to prove themselves that further signings might rock the steady ship. I’m quite unperturbed by what Usmanov intends to do as I don’t see the foreign investment necessary by any means – the current board has been content not to meddle in Wenger’s day-to-day management of the club and  it is to this end that prospective investors are given the cold shoulder by fans of the great club.
 
A fantastic turn-around against Tottenham Hotspur meant that the team has something to offer – maturity and a new sense of positive mentality. Of course, the Spurs are not faring that well currently but they are tough opponents at home as is the rest of the Premier League. EPL enthusiasts rightly pointed out that the Arsenal has not had a fixture with the other members of the ‘Big 4’. We’ve seen the Chelski revolution sputter to a pathetic display on the pitch at Old Trafford and were outclassed 2-0 of which the scoreline flattered the ManUre of the north. Man United may not impress with their football these days but it’s folly to write them  off, whether beautiful game or not.
 
Then the Gunners opened their Champions League campaign against highly-favoured Sevilla CF 3-0 but there were moments where the visitors to the Emirates made the hosts nervous as hell with their close shaves against the posts. The Spanish team still had a derth of enviable talent to behold even after the unexpected departure of Antonio Puerta and the return leg at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Spain is a good yardstick as to how far the Gunners can go.
 
Then the Rams came visiting to the Emirates and it was a lacklustre side who lost 6-0 to a on-off Liverpool side and also making the Gunners look good. It was a rather good game for the Arsenal but the test it provided may not be enough to equip the  young minds of the team. Of course, a series of wins would likely do more good for the confidence of the youth of the Gunners but I wonder how much complacency may seep in.
 
But I guess that the Sevilla game was one where these doubts may be sent to bed for this once – the team displayed attacking verve and the sort of attacking speed which harked back to the Wengerball days of old. Gael Clichy matured well  without the irrepressible Thierry Henry at the same side of the pitch and Adebayor has finally shown how important he could be to the team. Cesc Fabregas has banged in 6 goals in as many matches and the defence has also fixed the leak albeit temporarily.
 
I’m actually rather disappointed by a lacklustre chain of performances by Robin van Persie. His workrate is ok but his end product leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not at all suprised that he occupied the bench last Saturday against Derby County with Eduardo da Silva making himself useful at set-pieces as the classic fox in the box role.
 
Ok, so the defence has fixed the leak at the back but I’m still not so sure about the goalkeeping custodians of the Gunners. Jens Lehmann made 2 big-time howlers in 2 games and was replaced by a not so sturdy Manuel Almunia. We haven’t seen Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks so it’s rather pointless trying to figure out whether he is good enough for regular first-team action yet. 
 
Right now, there’s nothing to complain about the team and everything is great. It may be a matter of time before the bubble bursts seeing as the team has yet to face any stiff competition yet but for now – lap up their brilliance and enjoy it all.    
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