Arsenal's impressive away form to yield success
The Gunners' superb away form can be the bedrock of their success this season
Arsenal won away again at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Wednesday night.
This win was commendable, coming as it was with the now customary injury crisis that the team is facing, and vital considering their other opponents in the group.
With the win the Gunners extended their record of away wins to double figures, by no means a small achievement, with the best players leaving and Arsene Wenger's frugality in the transfer market extending right up to transfer deadline day couple of weeks back.
All of a sudden, all the criticism and vitriol aimed at Wenger seems to be slowly transformed to praise for his vision and mentorship of his team. The early season form shown by Aaron Ramsey is a case in point. After his injury and mediocre comeback he would have been cast aside as 'not good enough' and shipped off in any other top club in Europe.
However, it is down to Wenger's patience, his encouragement for the young and persistence that Ramsey is now in the form of his life, and arguably outperforming every other centre midfielder in Europe at the start of the season.
So convincing have his performances been that when Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla return from their injuries, Ramsey can still hope to figure in the starting line-up.
The current injury crisis, especially to key players like Arteta has been offset by some shrewd dealings in the transfer market, especially the acquisition of ex-Gunner Mathieu Flamini whose displays in the holding role over the first couple of matches show his desire and drive in making up for lost opportunities in his earlier stint at the club.
That signing was lost in the hype surrounding Mesut Ozil's arrival at the club but can prove to be equally important in the context of the season. When Arteta is fit Flamini may lose his position in the starting line-up but can be a key back-up player, and can be used to close down matches at the end.
Per Mertesacker's recovery from injury has meant that Wenger will pair his favoured central defensive pairing of the German with Laurent Koscieny. This is the partnership which was so solid at the end of last season and was crucial in ensuring Champions League qualification.
Wenger is likely to stick with this pairing regardless of club captain Thomas Vermaelen's recovery from injury or Mertesacker's shaky display at the Stade Velodrome.
In attack, Olivier Giroud might not have scored on the night but he looked good to score and will also look to add to to his impressive tally at the start of the season. And with Santi Cazorla looking to be fit in a few weeks time his partnership with Ozil is what the Gunners faithful are really looking forward to.
Even with a thin squad, the Gunners can expect to take their impressive away record forward and can even hope that it is extended by the time they travel again for the other two away games of the group stage at Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.