The art of overreaction! by KJ
This Arsenal team started off fantastically after a draw at the Britannia. Games were won at Anfield against Liverpool as well as demolition of newly promoted Southampton at the Emirates. However, they weren’t really a test of what this side could do. Fortunately, we found out soon enough with the tie against Man City at the Etihad. Arsenal passed with flying colours personally. They outplayed the Champions in their own backyard and were able to get a well-deserved draw.
Now because of a loss against a very strong Chelsea side, the fans seem to think that all of that positivity is undone. It’s not. I admit, I overreacted (like any fan) at yesterday’s result as I want this team to accept nothing less than a win. We simply weren’t good enough defensively. However, there are still a lot of positives to look at regarding the club as a whole.
The team was gelling really nicely and people just can’t appreciate how good a result is against both Liverpool and Manchester City away. They are vital in any title run. I’d be surprised if Chelsea could manage one point from those fixtures, let alone four.
We also have to look at the table and see what the possibilities are. We are only 3 points behind both of the “real” title contenders, the Manchester clubs. What’s even better, we’ve had a more difficult run in than both. It’s worrying that we are 7 points behind Chelsea, but we can pull it back. There are still 32 games to be played. And, we still have 3 class players to come back.
I know yesterday’s result was completely against the run of play and how everything was going. However, there is definitely time and the space to make the difference this season. To be champions, you need to learn how to comeback immediately after a defeat.
Get behind the team as a whole and they can do it.