August 18 ’2013, Arsenal were hammered 1-3 in their own backyard. The hosts took the lead courtesy a Giroud goal before falling prey to all too familiar awful defending at the back.
Not only were the Arsenal faithful embarrassed, but the loss signalled something greater than the humiliation inflicted by the villains.
The resentment in the eyes of those present in North London was for all to see. A chorus of jeers & ‘boos’ filled the stadium as the final whistle blew.
Much water has flown under the bridge since. 5 months later, Arsenal find themselves in a seemingly unfamiliar position perched at the top of the league in what has been an extremely scintillating season.
‘1-0 to the Arsenal’, sang the fans as the men in red & white famously beat Tottenham in the first leg of the North London Derby. Thousands of miles away Ivan Gazidiz the clubs much loathed chief sat in the exquisite board-room of the Bernabeu trying to prize away Real Madrid’s and arguably Europe’s best play-maker to Ashburton Grove.
Mezul Ozil’s arrival sparked a frenzy across the globe as football fans were left in awe (Not if you’re a spurs fan) of what was being called the best transfer business done by one man ‘Arsene Wenger’.
Arsenal sits pretty at the summit with 48 points. However the team has not just Ozil to thank for this amazing transformation. From Ramsey’s resurgence to a newfound discipline at the back, fans watched with bated breadths as the revitalized team scrapped and (finally) learnt to win-ugly.
However amongst all the fan-fare one problem has not gone un-noticed, the absence of quality striker not only to support the over-worked French man but to spear-head the attack in his absence. Wenger’s recent comments bring a all too familiar feeling in the fans, as the manager has kept silent on any new talent coming in Jan despite many pundits and surprisingly even first team regulars calling for the club to sign another striker.
While Lukas Poldolski has returned from the side-lines after a long layoff which the saw the German miss the opening 5 months, ‘Sir Nickalas Bendtner’ is the only other recognized senior striker and he too has succumbed to an injury after scoring the crucial goal against Cardiff at home.
With the road-runner ‘Theo Walcott’ out after sustaining a calamitous ACL tear, the club is indeed acutely devoid of a quality striker.
Is Wenger indeed playing a dangerous game?, by toying with the prospect of signing a new striker in what is undoubtedly the gunner’s best start to a league campaign since the invincible(s) I leave it to you to answer…