This season is proving to be amongst the most unpredictable campaigns we’ve witnessed.
Leicester in 2016, Blackburn winning in 1993 – these were shocks to a degree. But when it comes to continual upsetting of the odds, this season is shaping up to be a humdinger.
Liverpool steamrollered everyone on their way to Premier League glory last season and the season before, the Reds and City were a cut above. We have to go a long way back until we see a season where the perceived powerhouses of the division were trumped so convincingly.
Liverpool’s 7-2 humbling at the hands of Aston Villa really did upset the apple cart. Then we look at Leicester’s smashing of City, Tottenham thumping United so convincingly and Everton sitting top of the table after four wins from four.
Arsenal have quietly made progress, sitting in the top four with three wins from our four games. Arteta has constructed a belief in his side that has enabled us to pick up points even when we are far from our best – witness our wins over West Ham and Sheffield United.
The results so far for all teams really does show that the Premier League is by far the most entertaining in the world but also – that the destination of glory this season may well be the most difficult to call.
Liverpool and City are showing weakness. Chelsea are a side in transition and need to gel their big signings. United are defensively brittle under Ole Solskjaer and in midfield, Paul Pogba is not throwing his weight around. Tottenham are brilliant in attack one week but also all at sea the next and Leicester go from beating City in one week to getting thumped by West Ham the next.
This season will reward the teams who achieve one key behaviour.
If Arteta can instill a steady level of excellence – even when we our players are out of form – then we can certainly make massive progress this season.
Everything is very much unsettled and Arsenal could well sweep in and take full advantage.
Optimism is high right now, with our transfer activity, our squad being stronger than ever and a manager who is taking our club back to where it belongs.
I can’t wait for the Premier League to come back!