It’s been a tough few months for fans of Arsenal Football Club to round out 2020, but as we look ahead to the remainder of 2021, it does feel like there are some reasons to be positive. Mikel Arteta is starting to show signs of life as Gunners boss and with the January transfer window now upon us, it’s time to see whether or not Arsenal can really build a squad that wants to fight for this club.
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton
Believe it or not, this was actually viewed as a strong result after the Gunners had drawn with Leeds before defeats against Wolves, Tottenham and Burnley. At the very least we saw Arsenal scratch and claw their way to a valuable point against a Southampton side who continue to look like top six contenders this season.
Everton 2-1 Arsenal
The biggest issue of all with this result was that it was so predictable. Everton’s rise to prominence was clear for all to see and even though they’d been through their own stumbling blocks, Carlo Ancelotti’s experience just seemed to strike fear into the heart of Arteta. His decision making was off, and on the pitch, the players just didn’t seem to care about what was happening.
Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City
Arsenal fans didn’t really seem to care all too much about this game and that was shown in how they performed against Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s men care a whole lot more about the Carabao Cup and while we do feel as if Arteta undervalued the importance of winning it, they would’ve struggled to beat City if they’d have been given 10 opportunities to do so on this night.
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
Out of darkness cometh light. Arsenal supporters rejoiced as they did what they so often do: they rolled back the years and put a beating on London rivals Chelsea. It looked a little bit suspect towards the end of the game but the Gunners held on to register what can only be described as a huge three points.
Brighton 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal did not play well in this game and that needs to be acknowledged, but the famous “1-0 to the Arsenal” song alone is enough of a reason for the Emirates faithful to be happy about this one. Brighton should’ve done better, but that didn’t mean one thing once the full time whistle had blown.
West Brom 0-4 Arsenal
This result may be more of an indication that West Bromwich Albion fans should start to worry, but in equal measure, you can only beat what is put in front of you and that’s what Arsenal did at The Hawthorns. They now find themselves right back in the mix for a place in the top six and that has to be cause for cautious optimism after three wins on the bounce.
Where will Arsenal go from here?