By Tony Attwood
After five straight wins the first defeat is bound to bring some nervousness among the fans if not the players – and certainly there didn’t seem to be any sign of uncertainty among the players at all. It was as if they knew they were vastly superior to everyone else and that result against Manchester United was the merest of blips.
And certainly that is the truth that the league table shows in the immediate aftermath of the match… Others can play their games in hand but none will catch us. And what’s more those three goals did our goal difference no harm at all.
|4||Brighton and Hove Albion||6||4||1||1||11||5||6||13|
So for the moment at least Arsenal are the third top scoring team in the league, have the fifth best defence, and the third best goal difference – before the playing of the other Premier League games today. And most certainly no one is going to overtake us at the top of the league until the next round of games.
The only worrying thing is that Arsenal are still the most fouled club in the Premier League – and that is going to increase our injury figures if it continues for much longer.
But most of all the contrast with a year ago is astounding – and not just for Arsenal but for other teams as well.
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||7||4||2||1||8||5||3||14|
|9||West Ham United||7||3||2||2||14||10||4||11|
For while Arsenal have risen up, other clubs such as West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton have all slipped backward. We are indeed moving in the right direction.
And perhaps best of all – it is all being done with the youngest team in the league.
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