Arsenal completely annihilated Chelsea this weekend and they looked superb – but can they keep up that type of performance on a regular occasion?
Arsenal were sublime on Saturday, beating Chelsea with absolute ease, and the 3-0 score line could easily have been five or six. They produced the tika-taka football that Arsene Wenger yearns for his sides to play. But if we’re honest, we haven’t seen an Arsenal side play like they did on Saturday, since the “Invincibles” side of the ’03/’04 season.
With Cech, Mustafi and Koscielny, the Gunners have an incredible defensive unit, but it’s their attacking prowess that gets the football purists purring. Ozil, Cazorla and even Walcott this season have been brilliant. They are playing the free flowing, short passing and moving off the ball type of football that Arsenal are known for.
As usual, Wenger never bought a world class striker during the transfer window, which they so desperately need. This season though, Alexis Sanchez has moved in from the wing to play as the out-and-out striker and is proving to be quite at home in the position. Four goals and three assists in the opening six games puts him alongside the top strikers in the league.
Is he the answer to Arsenal’s striker issues? I really doubt it – they signed Lucas Perez during the summer, but he, like Giroud, is not a world class striker. You’re not going to win the league or Champions League with Sanchez leading your line.
However, if they gel like they did this weekend, they will win the league. They’d have beaten Manchester City the way they played. But I’m convinced they won’t be able to play like that every week.