A lot has been said about Arsenal's start to the season and the opponents they've played. If they beat Liverpool on Saturday, the agenda might change.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he wants his team to respond well after his side’s Capital One Cup defeat against Chelsea. Arsenal – who are currently top of the Premier League – host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
After last night’s game, Wenger told the press, as reported by the club's official website: ‘We know the games. We have to respond well against Liverpool. We are in a strong position in the league and have a good opportunity at home, and we have to turn this round.’
Given the nature of Arsenal’s run of games coming up – Saturday’s game looks a big one. A lot is made of the time that has lapsed since the Arsenal manager delivered a trophy and last night’s defeat means the avenue of the League Cup has been closed off for at least another year.
But given the nature of modern day football, another slip-up at the weekend against Liverpool will get people asking questions about Arsenal’s credentials under Wenger.
That has been asked already about whether they can win against the sides competing towards the top end of the table – and in a run of fixtures that contains trips to Dortmund followed by a league game at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
The talk could easily move from potential champions and getting through a difficult group in the Champions League to Groundhog Day at Arsenal – and Piers Morgan venting his spleen for the world to see on Twitter that he would like the removal of a legendary manager, and no doubt there would be some who like to say the club is in 'crisis'.
While Arsenal will also need a good result on Saturday to keep up the momentum – it would also keep the murmurs of doubt at arm’s length as well.
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