“Even if I think we can do better, it is good already,” Alex Lacazette mentioned after the 2-Zero win in opposition to West Brom. “Everything is not perfect but we had possession, we did not concede. We scored.”
To put Arsenal’s September ‘recovery’ into standpoint, the ones 3 issues nonetheless depart them one at the back of Watford on 10 for the season. During the closing marketing campaign, from the corresponding six fixtures, Arsenal controlled 12 issues, and that was once on their means to their lowest end for 21 years.
What the sport did display, even though, was once that Lacazette’s personal private goalscoring shape isn’t any fluke and it additionally demonstrated that when a hard summer time, Alexis Sanchez is able to installed one ultimate match-winning shift for the remainder of his closing season.
Increasingly, too, Sead Kolasinac is popping into one among the signings of the summer time – in large part unheralded proper at the get started of the window, he has exactly the kind of do-or-die tenacity that may galvanise an Emirates which for too lengthy has been subdued through uncertainty and in-fighting.
Finishing in the top four is tougher than ever, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea taking a look ominously like shoo-ins, leaving Arsenal to scrap with Tottenham and Liverpool for the ultimate position.
But a minimum of in converting to a back-three closing season, Wenger belatedly gave his crew a platform – the person deficiencies of his centre-halves hidden through the weight in their higher numbers.
True, they may even have benefited from a world-class maintaining midfielder in entrance of them, however what Arsenal have in point of fact neglected to this point this season, in particular in the early video games, is management. That should come from Wenger.
Undoubtedly, he allowed the Sanchez state of affairs to rumble on too lengthy, with the trade of middle on closing date day complicated issues even additional – particularly when a transfer to Manchester City didn’t get carried out even.
At the similar time Wenger pandered to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ego along with his crew variety at Liverpool to no avail – Lacazette and Kolasinac notable through their absence from the maximum abject efficiency of the season.
Mesut Ozil, not noted in opposition to West Brom, is the ultimate conundrum he wishes to resolve: how to get some price from the Germany global earlier than he doubtlessly walks away without any in any respect subsequent summer time.
Do that, and Wenger will display he possibly has no longer misplaced his mojo in any case.