Two months into the 2012-13 season and Arsenal finds itself six spots out of first place with 12 points, and its stars all seem to be aligning when some of their most challenging matches are ahead.
So far, the defense has been the biggest surprise this campaign. Three shutouts in seven matches have been impressive for a club last season didn't seem like they could stop an offensive attack if their lives depended on it. There only loss of the season to Chelsea was by only one goal against a club that lots of analyst and football junkies thought would blow out Arsene Wenger's squad.
In the Premier League, only five goals have been scored against the Gunners. And as the season progresses, it seems like the midfield is clamping down on defenses even more imposingly.
Lukas Podolski and Gervinho are playing extremely well in Wenger's offensive system. The two of them hovering around the goal has to make every opposing manager nervous. You never know which one is going to strike first and its fun to watch. Almost as fun as watching Robin van Persie around the goal last season. The Gunners don't seem like a one man show.
Who knew Gervinho would contribute like he has this season? My money was on Podolski or Cazorla being the leading scorer for Arsenal by this point. Gervinho seems to be playing more aggressively than a lot of fans thought he was capable of. If Olivier Giroud gets into the mix with Podolski, Gervinho and Cazorla, sky's the limit of what this team is capable of in May.
Things to look forward to in the coming weeks are Arsenal's first match with Manchester United on November 3rd at Old Trafford. That contest has a lot of storylines with Robin van Persie facing Wenger's club for the first time since leaving Emirates on…somewhat good terms. Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud will want to win that game for a lot of reasons, especially for Wenger and the Arsenal heads.
Another great storyline will be if Giroud has found his swagger finally. If he can step his game up and Gervinho and Podolski's game stays on, it's highly likely that Arsenal will tick up the table swiftly.
Wenger has his club where many never saw them after losing Van Persie, but with the transfer market, Wenger has done the unexpected in a very short time.
David has been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade.
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