By Walter Broeckx
If you look at the number of points and the position in the league table I can understand that some people are not completely happy. But as in most things in life it is about perspective. And not just about the now moment. The season still has a long way to go.
This is the season after a world cup and so it usually is a bit of a tough start for some teams. The more international players you have that went to the world cup the more problematic the preparation for the season can be. As we had a few winners in our team of that world cup it is very understandable that they don’t fire at all cylinders from the start. So you can say that this does apply to us a bit more than to some other teams.
And then there is the luck of the draw as one would call it in cup competitions but that plays a part in the league also. I have known clubs who after the first 5 matches were well on top and started dreaming of the title and then to save themselves from relegation on the last day of the league on goal difference. They didn’t know after five matches that they played the five weakest teams in the league and from then on when they played the more difficult teams it went downhill. Fast.
So who have the top teams played so far? And with top teams I refer to last seasons top 7. As usual Untold shows it as it is.
So when we look at this table we see that Arsenal was the team with the most difficult opening matches of this group of teams. We played against four teams from the top seven from last years. And if you remember this wasn’t our strongest run. We were excellent against the smaller teams but not that much against the other competitors at the top.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City played 3 of the other top 7 teams from last year. Tottenham played against 2 of the top 7 teams from the season just gone.
And then we come to Manchester United. They only played against one of the top teams so far this season.
So when it comes to this we can say that Arsenal surely had the toughest opening run of matches.
The situation is eve more against us when we look at the teams that came up. Opinions are divided on playing those teams early in the season. Some say that they are still full of fire and thus difficult to beat. Sometimes they are still adjusting to the pace of the PL and are easy to beat. The truth will be somewhere in the middle. But those teams usually are hanging around the bottom of the league at the end of the season so are teams you should take most points off.
Arsenal had to play one team away from home and that was Leicester. At a time we were still very rusty. I think this was maybe our most disappointing result of the season so far for me.
Chelsea had to play two of those teams. Tottenham have played one of those teams. Liverpool and Manchester City are yet to play one of those teams that came up.
And Manchester United have played all three of them. And couldn’t get much out of those games.
I think when you look at this table it looks that Manchester United had the easiest opening matches of them all. And Arsenal the most difficult opening matches.
We should have turned a few of those draws in to wins to be completely satisfied. Maybe with some better officiating in the Everton and Tottenham matches we would have won them and giving us 4 extra points.
After the international break we come in a part of the season where we should start picking up points. We now have a run of 9 matches if I counted correctly till we go to Liverpool. In that run we do play Manchester United at home and have to go to our bogey team Stoke. If we can win 7 out of those 9 matches we will be very close to the rest on the top of the league.
Now is not the time to be on top as we learned last season. Now is the time to keep the gap to a minimum. Chelsea looks strong for the moment. But we have seen other teams starting like a Formula 1 car only to fall without fuel in the last 10 matches.
So this is what we got to do after the break: pick up the maximum points possible and then we will be in touch when we enter the last 10 matches.
In a way I feel our rusty start and our inconsistent form might somehow be a bit helpful for the latter stages of the league. We know that for the second part of the season we will have Giroud and Debuchy back, Walcott will now start again and will need a few weeks to become really on fire. So at the end of the calendar year we should be completely under steam to get really going. Until then we just got to pick up the points against the teams you really need to win from.
The home page has the usual list of today’s anniversaries.
- Manchester City accused of over 100 breaches of Premier League financial rules
- Every club now knows how to beat Arsenal (according to reports)
- Guardiola’s excuse for losing to Tottenham reveals the quality of Arsenal
- So it wasn’t so bad after all. Arsenal still five points clear with a game in hand
- WSL Round Up – West Ham v Arsenal Sunday 18:45