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Can Arsenal and Fabregas sweep all before them?

Fabregas scored two in Arsenal's 6-0 win

Arsenal’s 6-0 win over Braga in tonight’s Champions League gives little clue as to how Arsene Wenger will tackle the likes of  Chelsea in three weeks time; Man Utd or Man City or even Real Madrid and Barcelona later in the European competition. However, few teams can play with the style that Arsenal showed in dispatching the Portugese debutants in the Champions League.

Cesc Fabregas was immense, as always. The man should be applauded for his professionalism after the on-off saga with Barcelona. Still, reporters are asking him whether he is committed to Arsenal. Tonight as he spoke of how the games will get a “lot tougher” this year, all the itv reporter wanted to know was whether the Spaniard was happy at Arsenal to which he replied “I’ve always felt fantastic here. I’m very happy to be here” and then lamented not securing his first career hat-trick.

Jack Wilshere is already turning into a top midfielder. No-one is quite sure how Wenger instills so much confidence in his precocious teenage stars but Wilshere shows absolutely no fear and is already starting to dominate games in a way that the likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Patrick Vieira or even Roy Keane couldn’t at a similar age. But Fabregas could and did.

Chamakh had a good game tonight as well and having scored at the weekend against Bolton will be gaining in confidence every game meaning Arsenal could have themselves a genuine, ‘old-fashioned’ centre-forward who is strong and dominant on his own up front.

However as always, the real question marks over the Arsenal team will be (a) the defence, including Manuel Almunia and (b) fitness. Arsenal have so-far lost the likes of Van Persie, Nasri, Diaby and Vermaelen to injury. As for the defence, it will take time to gel as new boys  Squillaci and Koscielny get used to playing with their Arsenal teammates. Injuries to the central defenders leave Arsenal leaving weak at the back, not to mention the disciplinary record that often lets them down with Koscielny the first to suffer a red card in the opening game against Liverpool.

Up next? Sunderland away on Saturday; Spurs away in the Carling Cup; West Brom (h); Partizan Belgrade (a) and then Chelsea in the big test at Stamford Bridge. All these games will take place within 15 days. It’s been a good start to the season, ten points from 12 and a spanking win in the Champions League opener. Can Arsenal overcome injury problems and keep teams on the back foot? Watch this space.

  1. Tim
    September 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Wilshere showed exactly why Wenger rates him so highly. He looked every inch Cesc’s heir apparent last night. And to think he’s still only 18 …

    I continue to be hugely impressed at how quickly Chamakh has settled in to the side too.


  2. fitz124
    September 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Yeah I agree that Wilshere is a phenomenal talent. To think it was Ramsey setting the pace as the young midfielder before his horrific injury, if he comes back at the same level Arsenal will have a midfield to match Barcelonas for guile and passing ability…

    • Tim
      September 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      Should Cesc leave, just picture a midfield featuring some permutation of Wilshere, Ramsey, Song and Nasri, with Diany and Denilson in reserve. Doesn’t seem too shabby, does it? 🙂

  3. fitz124
    September 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Not too shabby at all! Reckon Diaby can become a really good all-rounder too. Imagine selling Fabregas for 40-50 million and investing in Hugo Lloris plus Benzema maybe? Not an Arsenal fan but I hope Wenger stays in the Premiership. Only team to rival Barca in football style.

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