I have been on a football high for the past couple of months, enjoying every moment of the English Premier League. It’s been such a great run for Arsene Wenger and my Arsenal to the point where losing at Old Trafford to Manchester United wasn’t as painful as it has been in recent years.
I have been taking one game at a time and the boys are making me and every Gunner in the world, proud. Of course we have been helped along by other teams stumbling. Chelsea losing to the likes of Newcastle; Manchester City losing to the likes of Sunderland; Liverpool losing to Hull City and of course Manchester United drawing with the whole world.
For once, results have flipped over as it’s usually Arsenal who loses to these small teams forcing us to struggle along. Earlier in the season, I kept telling myself that Arsenal would falter in the next game but we didn’t. Then I said the next game and the next. But it wasn’t happening. And after a while, my confidence began to grow to the point where I began to expect wins. And fortunately the wins have been coming. I know December is going to be such a tough month for all teams. Arsenal have seven games to play this month which means a game almost every three days. It’s worse for Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea who have eight games because they’re still in the League Cup. And amongst the league matches we have, are ties against Man City, Chelsea and Everton.
But watching what was primarily Arsenal’s Team “B” in action against Hull on Wednesday, I am not as worried as I would normally be. We had players like Olivier Giroud, Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna missing, while Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta were late substitutes; and yet we still managed to discipline Hull. A Hull City that had been in form beat Liverpool 3-1 just three days earlier.
My worry in the past when we arrived at busy months like this one was injuries, but with the options we have on the bench and players like Lukas Podolski still recovering from injury, we aren’t too shabby, are well.
I won’t gloat just yet as we need to get through December unscathed or at least drawing with City and Chelsea; but one thing is for sure, Wayne Rooney’s prediction that United would be top by January 1, is a myth. Luis Suarez. Need I say more? You don’t have to be a Liverpool fan to acknowledge the brilliance of this player.
Scoring four goals against Norwich wasn’t the highlight for me as the Norwich keeper was pretty useless. But Suarez scored four fabulous, creative, exceptional goals! And unless another moment of brilliance comes through, Suarez’s first must become the goal of the season. It must! Well done Liverpool, but you are treading on dangerous ground with the Reds becoming a one-man show. It used to be Steven Gerrard FC, now it’s Luis Suarez FC. I won’t say more for now because Suarez’s goals deserve a minute of silence.
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