by Tony Attwood
We can’t get too carried away, but six without defeat is good in any season, especially when it is five wins and one draw.
Sky sports really looked out of touch with their audience by broadcasting some sort of row between their studio team until just ten minutes before kick off, a row which had nothing to do with Arsenal and Newcastle at all, but then the sprouts are looking increasing out of touch these days.
And the result only makes a minor change to the table
|9||West Ham United||18||8||5||5||25||21||4||29|
But if we are going to find a way back to the not a trophy positions (which we are currently five points behind) it is going to be by going on a run like this.
Even to be celebrating a win over a sinking Newcastle side at all might seem over the top but three years ago the notion of not even being in the top half of the table half way through the league seemed ludicrous. And it can still go wrong without us doing anything, since all the clubs above us have games in hand and the club below us has four games in hand.
But if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang really has refound his touch, and if Lacazette can retain his, and if Smith Rowe is as good as we think he is (and still improving) and if Saka (who we know is as good as he is) can hold his new found life together, and if Martinelli can stay fit, and become full time the player we think he is, and if Xhaka can keep up his form, and if Leno stays injury free, and if Holding’s new form is permanent and if Tierney continues to be the absolute dream of a signing, and if Mr Arteta can learn that not every brilliant player will respond to hard line discipline, then it is just possible we might make it back to the top six.
For what we seem to have is that combination that is so difficult to get – some very good signings and some amazing youngsters. Thomas Partey surely goes into the former category, and allows us to stop the ceaseless fretting over Pépé and Willian. Maybe they will come good, maybe not, but if we have the quality elsewhere, it only matters to the bank balance.
Just one thing – don’t read the article about the “football prediction system that works.” It didn’t, and it doesn’t. Drawing board; back to. Ah well. Can’t win them all.
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