“The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to keep on working” – Albert Einstein
The above thought is one which will resonate with both Arsenal fans and players for they are in a strange place at the moment, a good place but a strange one.
Arsenal sit atop of the Premier League and you could say that there is no more deserving team at the moment, they have played both attacking and resilient football and look in control every time they step out on to the pitch, they also look composed when the chips are down and changes from the bench have given them that extra spark to win games when needed, so it is only rightful then that they are lavished with praise.
The latest player to comment on the Gunners and their lofty position in the league is Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs who said that Arsene Wenger’s team have taken their chances well and deserve their position, but he was quick to also remark that his side can still challenge for the title despite an indifferent start to the season and being seven points adrift of the Gunners .
The Welshman who turns 40 in the near future and who holds the United appearance record with 951 games under his belt said: “It has been a disappointing start.
“The last ten games have not been too bad – I think we were unbeaten in eight or nine games – but Sunday (2-2 draw with Cardiff)was a game we should be winning.
“Only Arsenal – who are up there and deserve to be up there - have shown consistent form. It’s been a crazy season, we need to hang in there when we’re not playing at our brilliant best and get a run together.
“The team that does that will have a great chance of winning league.”
These comments are funny however because with a player of Giggs’ stature you would be inclined to feel that he is nothing but genuine, I detect some cynicism in his voice however, and in truth it sounds very much like Sir Alex Ferguson to me, is it possible that now the king of the mind games has left the Red Devils his most faithful servant has taken the mantle and is trying to break Arsenal just as his former charge would have done?
Like Albert Einstein said though, to escape the praise, you must keep on working and that is exactly what Wenger and his men must do, keep playing at their own tempo and get the results to keep them in their current position.
Arsenal Fans, do you think Ryan Giggs is playing mind games or is he being genuine?