A blog post by @GoonerMV
Arsenal's away form at the end of last season and the beginning of this has been brilliant, with victories at Galatasaray, Fulham and Sunderland already registered this season. With 7 consecutive victories on the road, the Gunners almost seem to prefer their trips away. The tactics of defending solidly, before breaking away with pace and scoring has worked very well, and if we can continue this form on the road, coupled with a decent home record we can be right up there come May.
Man United under Moyes
David Moyes. Does that name scare you like Sir Alex? Thought not. After a pretty average pre season and an ordinary start to the new season, with a dull draw against Chelsea, a defeat to Liverpool and a scrappy win at home to Crystal Palace, their invincibly is all of a sudden disappearing. "Fergie Time" is no more, teams are not scared of visiting Old Trafford and referees no longer have SAF screaming and chewing his head off on the touchline. The United midfield of Cleverley, Giggs, Zaha and Young isn't going to win games and so I don't see them challenging this season.
Man City - New Manager/ Different team?
Manuel Pellegrini hasn't exactly made the best of starts to his life at City, and I can't see that pleasing their Royal Owners! A run of 3 games, Cardiff/Hull/Stoke, should have brought at least 7 points if not 9. Instead it brought 4, and their win against Hull wasn't quite a rout, was it. They spent £90 odd million over the summer, on Navas, Fernandinho, Jovetic and Negredo, and a few weeks ago they looked like 4 top-drawer signings. However, despite Negredo scoring a couple of goals coming off the bench, the other 3 haven't yet settled in. Joe Hart, "The Best Keeper in the World" is all of a sudden a bit shaky, with pressure building with every flap and slip. But the one problem I've seen with their defence is that without Kompany, they haven't looked solid at all, without his leadership in the middle they are struggling. While I wouldn't right them off at all, I still feel we can match them.
Spurs, the up and coming force. NOT!
This is probably a wasted of a point, as they are no rival at all. You're right, but there are still a few who think they can challenge, and I intend to put the record straight! They have spent nearly £111 million, and not one of those players has stuck their head up as top quality. Soldado was apparently amazing, with two goals against Palace and Swansea (both from the spot) making him a Golden Boot contender. After he disappeared into the pocket of Koscielny during the NLD, I think most of those people shut up. Capoue, Paulinho, Eriksen and whoever else they bought haven't really improved them, and can you really compare them to our signing of Ozil? No, you can't, and so for the 17th year running, we will finish above them, but hopefully that won't be our main achievement this season.
Aaron "Rambo" Ramsey
Need I say any more? What. A. Player! He has made a brilliant start this season, 4 goals already beating his tally from last season, and he has been a rock, both defensively and as an attacking force. He has suffered so much in his career; broken leg, stick from the fans, death of Gary Speed, and yet he has come back and been one of the leagues best so far. The Welsh Captain is playing with freedom, with confidence, and if he can keep this up he will bring goals, assists and tackles galore for us, and we have missed the type of a player for many years.
Mesut Ozil. One of, if not THE greatest signings we have made in our history, perhaps only bettered by King Thierry and Dennis. Not only has this shown the world our intent, it has added genuine world class talent to that already great midfield, and he gave us a glimpse of that against Sunderland, with an assist after that stunning first touch. He's got the most assists in Europe in the last 5 years, why on Earth did Real let him go?! Tottenham's plan to delay the Bale sell worked really well didn't it! Thanks Spurs!!
Naaaaaa, Na, Na, NANANANANANA GIROUD!
Oh Olivier, you little (or rather, huge) French beeeeeauty! After a nothing short of exceptional Pre-Season, he has carried that form into the new season, with 4 goals in the first 4 games, leaving him joint top of the scoring charts with Sturridge. If he can stay fit, he can get 25+ goals this season with that midfield service. We have all known how good he can be in the air, and with a brilliant first touch and great movement, his becoming a force to be reckoned with. £50 million Superstar Torres vs £10 million flop Giroud as everyone sees it, despite the fact that Giroud has better his stats in every way, apart from misses and open goals misses! Keep it up Giroud.
So for these reasons, I think this season could be good for us. Yes we have a tough European Group, but we usually rise to these challenges and with a strong youth group for the Capital One Cup, this season can be the year when we break our trophy duck. Bring on May!