Arsenal FC have sounded a clear warning to their Premier League rivals. The Gunners are ravenous, and their recent taste of silverware has motivated them to challenge for more. Manager Arsene Wenger has repented from his miserly ways and is now prepared to break the bank for any player that he wants.
Arsenal played Manchester City today in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. They looked the better side from the first minute to the last. The Gunners were relentless in their attack and had the City defenders bewildered all game. They defended well and were able to repel all of City’s offensive attempts. Santi Carzola put Arsenal ahead with a nicely taken shot in the 21st minute; he latched onto a loose ball which had been deflected just at the top of the box, fooled the defender with a shot fake and calmly slotted home with his left foot. The game was pretty much won by then; City failed to give an account of themselves, and Arsenal clearly wanted it more. Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud sealed the deal as Arsenal won 3-0.
City have themselves to blame, though, they never showed up and seemed complacent from the onset. This isn’t to take away from Arsenal’s performance; they were dominant throughout the game and showed a different, ruthless side to their play. They do not look like they will be missing Thomas Vermaelen after the defender completed a move to Barcelona yesterday on a £15m transfer. New boys Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy looked quite comfortable at the back; they assisted in making the defense virtually impenetrable and it was only bothered by two shots from Stevan Jovetic, forcing saves from the Arsenal goalkeeper. Alexis Sanchez did not have a spectacular game today, but he shows lots of promise. He will surely add a new dimension to the team’s attack.
Arsenal won the FA Cup last season and do not want it to end there. They will be trying to fill the once dusty cabinet with more trophies. Winning another piece of silverware will naturally enhance the feel-good factor which seeped into the club last season. This will surely spur them on to compete harder this campaign, they have shown that they can romp with the big boys once again. Maybe they still need another striker to take the load off Giroud, but this victory today could be a sign of things to come. They will be pushing for the Premier League title this season. The expectations are much higher this season, but can they step up and return to their league-winning ways? Time, as always, will tell.