In the aftermath of the opening fixtures of the Premier League, Arsenal find themselves in a familiar situation. What I mean is that, not for the first time, they have begun with a very poor performance.
For those who don't know, they were shocked 2-0 at home against a dogged, hard-working West Ham side.
It wasn't just the score line that will disappoint Arsenal fans it's the manner of how they conceded and the struggle to break down a well organised outfit in West Ham. But is there any real cause for concern?
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With Arsenal being serious title contenders this season due to a very strong end to last season with retaining the FA Cup, there were high hopes of a strong start in match week one. These hopes were heightened due to the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea which gave Arsenal their first world -lass keeper since Jens Lehman was their number one almost eight years ago.
With their defence being upgraded, they looked set for a title challenge like never before. It may be harsh to suggest there is defensive problems when they conceded the third least goals behind Southampton and Chelsea last season; therefore there isn't really any clear defensive issues.
Nightmare league debut for Cech
It's just the goals they concede against other big teams around them. They let in two away at Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs and two at home against United and City. Cech was brought in to reduce the goals conceded mainly against the big teams.
Either way, the two goals conceded this weekend were very poor and unlike stuff of champions and it was a debut to forget for Cech. He gambled on a teasing cross from new boy Dimitri Payet and was beaten to the ball by Kouyate.
Then, he was caught out at his near post by Mauro Zarate, from a pretty average strike from just outside the box. A strike that should not be beating a goalkeeper of his calibre.
Arsenal Wenger was very quick to come out and defend Cech on his nightmare debut, saying he didn't blame Cech for his teams poor defensive display. Of course he has to defend his new keeper, but as many people have criticised him you have to realise it's just simply a poor game and he will bounce back because that's the consummate professional he is.
Aside from Cech, there was a struggle to break down a well organised team. It comes down to the lack of width offered, not enough runs made from the midfielders and just general poor decision making. Also, without Alexis Sanchez the team lacked a bit of energy, tenacity and more importantly width.
Arsenal will bounce back
But being realistic, it's just a matter of dusting off the cobwebs and getting big players back to match fitness for this Arsenal team.
History has shown that in their first games of the season they never start well; for example in the last five seasons they have had one loss, three draws and one win from their opening games.
However, you can't really read into them because in those seasons they may have had poor starts but they always recover to finish in the top four. This year they are looking to push further on and challenge Chelsea and City for the title. Therefore, they need to forget and move on as soon as possible.
The message for West Ham fans is well done on a great start and huge performance.
The message for Arsenal fans is forget and move on.
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