Arsenal battled to a narrow 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday as they made it two wins from two in the Premier League.
Sam Clucas’ early strike had threatened to once again derail the Gunners, following a defeat to Watford two weeks ago, but Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey were on hand to prevent a loss with two quickfire goals in the second-half.
The result sees them move onto 19 points for the season, level with Chelsea, and just one short of Tottenham in third. Considering Arsenal were in crisis a few weeks ago, things don’t look that bad anymore.
While they are still nine points short of Manchester City at the top of the table, their aim must be to return to the Champions League for next season, with the title a long way off as City look like a class apart from every other side in the league at the moment.
A return to Europe’s top league would enable Arsene Wenger’s side to begin to attract top talent to the club again, with most of the world’s leading players unwilling to move to a club not in the Champions League. Indeed, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil seemingly on their way out of the club, Wenger will need to find suitable replacements.
However, he has taken a body blow with the news that he has missed the chance to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar. Former-star Robert Pires made the admission as he told Bwin: “Arsene tried to buy Lemar, and tried very hard, but I don’t think the move will happen now. I don’t think he’s worth £90m, it’s too much, the market is crazy. What would Zidane and Ronaldinho be worth now”.
Wenger made the sensational move as Manchester City tried to drag Sanchez from Arsenal, but in the end, neither switches happened. With Arsenal in need of fresh blood, Lemar would constitute the perfect purchase, but, according to Pires, this seems very unlikely to happen now.