Pains me to say…its time to take Arsenal seriously

arshavinIt never fails to amaze me how Arsenal’s name is never included among those teams that are capable of capturing our crown, it appears the media has some sort of agenda against them and their fickle nature is somewhat irritating.

With Arsenal it appears to be all or nothing and everytime they drop a point, the gloom merchants are full of negativity and seem intent to write Wenger’s team off. The bottom line is should Arsenal win their games in hand they will be simply be 1pt off the top of the table; hardly a team incapable of winning the title.

As a United fan it isn’t easy to come out in defence of Arsenal, but I think they are getting a raw deal from the media and one day they and these so called pundits will realise that the title is decided in April and May, rather than half-way through the season. The hypocrisy of their nature can be highlighted that little has been said about the fact that we have lost two games in the past week against Villa and Fulham and little has been questioned about our title credentials as a result.

I don’t know why they have it in for them and perhaps they are simply attempting to drive a wedge between supporters and Arsene Wenger. My own view is that the guy should be commended for his attempts to bring success with his philosophy and there is no doubt a few chairman whose club is in a precarious financial situation that would welcome him at their football club. The very fact they are competing on the same level of us and Chelsea on a shoestring, says everything you need to know about the qualities of Wenger and that of his squad.

One thing I have noticed reading the few Arsenal blogs I do is that there seems to be a real clamour for Wenger to go out and buy players. Maybe it is different for an outsider looking in, but when you compare the strength in numbers in the final third then Arsenal have far greater depth. Where we are limited to Rooney, Berbatov, Owen and Valencia, Wenger has the likes of Arshavin, Eduardo, Walcott, Vela, Van Persie and Bendtner when fit, while the likes of Fabregas, Diaby and Nasri are always capable of chipping in with goals. The variation in goalscorers is vital in any title push, especially when we and Chelsea are so reliant on one or two players to deliver the goods. I only hope Arsenal’s emergence will force Fergie into the January sales, in order to strengthen in the final third.

While the ACN should help our cause in terms of the way it will decimate Ancelotti’s squad, it won’t with Arsenal’s and as much as I dread to say it we do have to take them seriously, despite what the media will have you believe at times. If we thought a 4th consecutive title was likely to prove a walk in the park, then we have to accept we are sorely mistaken and our old nemesis from North London, is very much back in the mix.

Written by Jez Howard