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The media are being too fickle about Arsenal

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After the first game of the season against Aston Villa, which Arsenal lost 3-1 - following an awful performance that deserved the scoreline they got - all the fans and the media began ranting about getting rid of Arsene Wenger as a coach and bringing in someone new, someone who could give them silverware.

The newspapers and websites all agreed that this could be the season that ended the Gunners’ long run of qualifying for the Champions League every season, while others went as far as to suggest that they may finish in the bottom half of the Premier League. And then Mesut Ozil arrived.

Since the Villa game and then the arrival of the creative German, Arsenal have won every single one of their matches and are currently sitting top of both the Premier League and their Champions League group.

The fact that they have been winning matches is not necessarily a surprise, as they were one of the best teams in the late part of last season, but combined to the arrival of a truly wold-class player, everyone went mad over the fact that they are able to score more goals than they concede.

Although it is true that the media as a whole were right to retract their statements that the north London club would have one of their worst seasons ever, they clearly went overboard in the other direction, as giving Arsenal the position as one of the main title rivals is a bit rich for a cub who made one main signing, but are still two or three injuries away from a collapse at the front and back.

They have little choice for strikers, as Olivier Giroud is their only real player for that position, with alternatives being bringing back Nicklas Bendtner or moving Theo Walcott in from the wings, two things the manager will certainly not want to do, but may have no choice if the Frenchman is out for a long period.

The same goes for the defence, where Wenger has already had to bring in Mathieu Flamini, who at 29 is clearly there to paper over the cracks left by several injuries, but will not be enough if they have any more.

Finally, everyone must remember that Arsenal have not had a desperately hard beginning to the season, having played only one team out of last season’s top five - a match they won - but all the same, it is not like Manchester United for example who have already played Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

All this is not to say that we should go back to the doom and gloom of pre-season for Arsenal, but an element of reflection is to be kept before jumping into drastic predictions after six games in the Premier League.

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