After enduring a nine-year trophy drought, Arsenal has suddenly won two pieces of silverware in the space of less than three months.
Two trophies in less than three months
The Gunners picked up the FA Cup in May this year. Now, the victory has been quickly followed by a convincing win last night against the current Premier League champions, Manchester City, in the Community Shield – the annual curtain raiser to the Barclays Premier League campaign.
New Gunners signing Alexis Sanchez, also impressed during the Community Shield match and played a vital part in Arsenal’s second goal.
Manchester City, on the other hand, appeared to be like a team still stretching out their legs and getting over their post summer holiday blues. There was no point in time during the match where Arsenal had felt threatened, at all.
A sign of more to come for Arsenal
So is this convincing Community Shield win a good sign of more success to come for the Gunners?
I must say that the win, even though it was against a rather poor Manchester City side missing several key players, was still quite impressive.
Through this victory, Arsenal has definitely shown their title intentions. The Gunners chose to come out and play proper football. They were hungrier for success and didn’t see this as a warm-up game, unlike Manchester City, and I think that the win will do wonders for the players’ confidence.
If the Gunners are able to continuously perform like this throughout the whole of the upcoming season, the Premier League title can be theirs, come May next year.
Arsenal does not seem to be a selling club anymore too, with the arrival of several star players – such as Mesut Oezil last season and Alexis Sanchez, this summer. Being able to continuously capture such quality signings definitely bodes well for the Gunners’ future as well.
While former captain Thomas Vermaelen may have left to join Spanish giants Barcelona, I am sure Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, would bring someone in to provide cover at the back, before the transfer window closes – and thus, further set Arsenal’s title credentials into stone.
Arsenal are developing a healthy taste for silverware
At the same time, it definitely seems as though the Arsenal players are developing a healthy taste for victory, and this win would certainly raise the confidence and egos of the team, before they head into the new Premier League season next week.
With two trophies in the space of three months, and several Gunner players also having been involved in Germany’s successful World Cup campaign during the summer too, I think that the Arsenal dressing room should almost certainly be in good spirits.
Must start the season strongly now
Arsenal must continue this great run of form and bring it to the new Barclays Premier League season, starting next week. The players need to start the season strongly – and certainty not with a defeat, like they had done last season against Aston Villa. But with a current positive mentality and a healthy attitude, I think Arsenal has the potential to go far in the upcoming season.