Arsenal only won 1-0 against Swansea. You wouldn’t say Arsenal only got three points against Swansea though, would you?
‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, that much is true, teams aren’t built over a two week period and a handful of training sessions either. That is what this Arsenal team is, it a new team with a modified style and approach – mentally, it is a new team too. Whilst it is obvious that a lot of creativity has been lost through departures this summer, and can never be directly replaced, that loss can be countered with a stronger mental approach, a slightly more physical and pacy style of play whilst still retaining the slick passing and movement with a very high level of technical ability that is the fulcrum of the modern Arsenal playing style.
Mikel Arteta brings superb close control to our midfield, a vast range of passing and a lot of hard work. He has quality, and more importantly qualities that fit into our midfield perfectly. This current team is far from being at full strength too, Alex Song is hardly the finest holding midfielder in the world but his presence is missed, as is Vermaelen’s.
It may just be worth being patient with this side, a different type of patience to what we have given over the previous six years, we weren’t rebuilding on this scale at that point in time, the circumstances are different and the club is probably in a worse place than it has been in well over a decade. 1-0 to Arsenal was a scoreline we sang songs about in the not to distant past – I don’t see anything wrong with a 1-0 victory; a win is a win. We haven’t seen many of them this year.
Don’t ask for too much too soon; those who expected us to spank Swansea obviously didn’t think of the previous game, the current situation and the fact that most of the team hadn’t even trained together as a group until the tail end of last week. The team will get better, the results will follow and Arsenal will be a force once again.
Arsenal have taken the first steps to recovery, the road will be a bumpy one – of that there is no doubt – the next test is in Germany against Dortmund, a massive test but one we can come through. Another win will do us the world of good.
Come on Arsenal.