Arsenal beginning to creep back up the table
After beginning the season with two losses from first three games, Arsenal has since managed to pick up the pace. Arsene Wenger's side have slowly edged their way back up the Premier League table. People are starting to take note.
Since September the Gunners have won seven out of ten league games. The three they failed to win include a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, a 2-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road and a 3-1 defeat to Man City at the Etihad. It could have been worse for Arsenal fans. Granted, the club isn't currently challenging for the title, but fourth place is a comfortable position to be in.
Although the north London side are 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City, they are only one point adrift of third-placed Chelsea and seven behind Manchester United, with a game in hand. Considering Arsenal's disappointing start to the campaign, they have done well to stay in contention.
This past summer, certain squad members were rumoured to want a move away from the club. So far, however, those players have shown commitment to deliver some key performances. Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Olivier Giroud to name a few.
It was all paper talk, though. Spotting the difference between made up stories and ones with pinpoint evidence is almost impossible nowadays. Are Arsenal's key players really feeling unsettled? Whatever the truth, Arsene Wenger has dealt with the situation professionally, like he has done since arriving at the club in 1996. The Frenchman is no stranger to criticism, yet he is open-minded about how fans feel when things go badly.
Being known as a "top four" club isn't good enough for Arsenal. It's a long-running joke among football enthusiasts, but Wenger's men must bring about change.
Arsenal's next game is at home against Huddersfield on Wednesday night. The Terriers' last encounter was a dramatic 2-1 defeat to Man City. Despite losing two consecutive games, Wenger will be aware of the danger they could pose. David Wagner's side currently have 15 points, which is above average for a newly promoted side.
The Gunners have been in great form on home soil this season. Having won all six games at the Emirates, they are one of only two Premier League sides with a 100% record. The other being Manchester United with seven wins. Arsenal can equal the Red Devils' tally by beating Huddersfield.
The Terriers form on the road is poor in comparison. After travelling away six times in the league this season, they have just one win, one draw, and four losses. Wagner's team have also scored only three goals in those games, making the trip to north London even tougher.
Arsenal will be confident heading into the game. A win could close the gap on the sides placed higher, while also putting extra pressure on the teams playing catch up.
With Wenger's 20 years experience at Arsenal, he realises the need to remain hopeful about his side's chances and continue working hard on the training ground. The negativity surrounding the club is slowly disappearing, replaced by a more positive vibe. It will help Arsenal's players on the field during the remainder of the season.