After 11 wins on the bounce, Arsenal have spluttered a little bit in recent weeks.
The last 4 games have seen them win just once – a 2-1 victory over Brentford in the League Cup.
An away draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League was followed up by a home draw against Liverpool. Ending the run was the Thursday 0-0 bore draw against Sporting.
A concern for Arsenal will b just 1 clean sheet in that 4 game run. Coincidently that game (against Sporting) was also the only game that they failed to score in.
Up next today is Wolves at home, and Arsenal will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
A failure to collect 3 points against either Liverpool or Crystal Palace has seen the club slip out of the top 4 – at the time of writing prior to the any of the Saturday games they sit 1 point behind Tottenham in 4th.
The bigger concern will be the 4 points that they have fallen behind Chelsea and Liverpool in the race of second.
With Manchester City topping the league and not yet out of 2nd gear, the others are fighting it out to be “best of the rest”. It is a fight which Arsenal should be in, one which we need to be in. A failure to beat Wolves could see them fall to 6 or 7 points off 2nd place, and see a return to the questioning of the squad that he derailed the team in recent years.
Wolves have been disappointing this season.
Sitting 11th with 15 points – 9 clear of 18th, would be seen as a success for many newly promoted clubs. However Wolves fans would have had much higher expectations for their club this season.
Due to their links with super-agent Jorge Mendes, they compiled a squad in the Championship that was already fit for the Premier League. The likes of Diego Jota and Ruben Neves went from playing Champions League football for Porto to Championship football for Wolves as they romped home with 99 points.
Over the summer they added Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho to their squad. Nearly 200 international caps between them, both had been key members of the European Championship winning squad in 2016.
Add in Leander Dendoncker, Raul Jimenez and Jonny, all of whom are capped for Belgium, Mexico and Spain, and a lot was expected of them.
Some went as far as saying they could be an outside bet for the top 4. Most put them down for finishing 6th, behind the Big 5 and Tottenham.
Instead they find themselves behind the likes of Leicester City, Everton, Wolves and Bournemouth.
No shame behind that, but Wolves fans will be a tad disappointed if they end up marooned in mid-table this season.
Arsenal have not lost at home to a team outside the Big 5 and Tottenham since the beginning of 2017.
With Tottenham (away to Crystal Palace), Liverpool (home to Fulham) and Chelsea (home to Everton) kicking off before Arsenal, the pressure will be on.
victory will take the club into the final international break of the year filled with confidence. With early December games against Tottenham and Manchester United looming, Arsenal need to ensure they keep winning to remain in it.
Finally a shout out to Islington Sports Bar and Grill.
Today is the first game day for the new establishment on Holloway Road. It is where the old Herbert Chapman used to be many years ago.
with so many pubs closing throughout London, and on Holloway Road, it is good to see a boozer reopening. One run by Arsenal fans, catering for Arsenal fans.
Good luck lads.