Many sceptics felt as if the time off for the international break was going to seriously hamper Arsenal’s hopes of registering ten wins in a row – but those sceptics were wrong. They hosted Leicester City at the Emirates last night and put in the kind of gritty, quality performance that you need in times like these – and now, the fans can officially say that the Gunners have picked up 10 wins on the trot. Wow.
That’s not something any of us could’ve realistically predicted at the start of the season, especially in the wake of the defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea. Alas, they’ve proven everyone wrong, and they’ve done so with the kind of display that gives fans hope that they can overcome just about anything throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Back and forth
That’s because the Foxes were the ones who made a much more promising start, with Ben Chilwell’s effort glancing in off of Hector Bellerin to ensure that the heads dropped in the stands at the Emirates. Thankfully, the players didn’t follow that trend, and they were able to pick themselves back up and ‘go again’ so to speak – with Mesut Ozil scoring a delightful equaliser on the stroke of half time.
After the break it felt like there was only one way this was going to go, with substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensuring that Unai Emery’s side would be walking away with all three points after a quickfire brace. The substitutions made by Emery were seen as a huge turning point in the game, especially given the club’s tendency to fall apart in the past when they’re put in positions like that.
There are plenty of fans out there getting overexcited about the possibility of the club doing some truly remarkable things this season, and while that’s nice to see, it’s important to have some perspective. This should be all about taking things one game at a time and seeing where it goes, as opposed to getting too carried away.
The next task comes in the form of a trip to Portugal to face Sporting in the Europa League, and that’s what the focus needs to shift towards. We can spend the next day or so continuing to praise the squad, but they’ve got a job to do – and we’re excited to see what else they can produce.
What was your favourite moment from the game?