Arsenal fans have been quick to dismiss the rumours of turmoil from rival fans in the wake of their narrow defeat against Chelsea at the weekend. In a game that many expected to be quite close, it wound up being exactly that, with Arsenal clawing their way back from a 2-0 deficit only to lose out in the end against the Blues. There are defensive issues that need to be resolved as we’ve known for quite some time, but football is too full of negativity – and we need to try and highlight the positives every now and then.
We all knew that the Gunners were probably going to face some adversity throughout the course of the first few games, and that’s proven to be the case. At the very least we can take comfort in the fact that Arsenal went down swinging against the Blues, refusing to give up after they went 2-0 down very early on. Still, a lot of people were expecting them to start off the campaign with zero points from two games, and proving those doubters right is something that will likely eat away at Emery for a few days.
Still, that can serve as a great form of motivation for the squad when they look ahead to their next few games. Whilst Cardiff, Newcastle and Everton (all ahead) serve as very winnable encounters, we’re going to take a second to focus on West Ham United – the team that Arsenal will take on next. Whilst losing two straight can impact Arsenal’s confidence, West Ham have had an even worse start to the campaign – meaning these two sides will go into this game on a fairly level playing field.
Arsenal need to put on a show of some kind because just picking up the three points isn’t really enough to kickstart their season in the right way. They need to send a message to the rest of the league that this is a new era, and that Unai Emery is more than capable of leading them back into the top four. Chelsea and City served as difficult tests from the first whistle until the very last, and the Hammers will put up a fight too, but this is the real big test of the Emery evolution.
Do you think the West Ham game is bigger than the City & Chelsea games?