Title wide open following weekend results:After the first 60 minutes of yesterday’s game at Upton Park I had a horrible sense of déjà vu. Our recent record at the hammers has been poor despite winning there last season. It seems though, like last season we have found a way to win ugly. Defeats to Hull and Fulham aside, Arsenal have been very impressive in the league this season and solid wins at Blackburn, Bolton and now West Ham suggest we will be very much in the mix at the end of the season.
Manchester United’s form remains surprising indifferent and they were lucky not to lose at Goodison yesterday and Chelsea’s defeat really put the cat amongst the pigeons. The ending of their amazing unbeaten home record will shake Scolari’s men and it will be interesting to see how they react. Liverpool were very good yesterday and remain the only side unbeaten. It seems remarkable given the fact that they have beaten both Manchester United and Chelsea, but I still don’t see Liverpool winning the league. They have had to come from behind several times already this campaign and they will not be able to keep that up should it continue to happen. Liverpool seem very strong at the moment but I still can’t see them finishing top of the pile.
Adebayor’s impact yesterday when brought on was a timely reminder of his ability. He has been in fairly indifferent form this season but has shown signs recently that he is up for the fight again. I think he will start against Spurs as he tends to score against them. It was interesting when Wenger admitted over-using Ade last season. I think this is true but his hand was forced slightly by injuries to RVP and Eduardo. If these two can stay fit for most of this season we will surely see a fresher and more effective Adebayor. Bendtner has improved his all-round game this season as well and is a very handy option when we have bruising opposition. His pass for Adebayor’s second yesterday was sublime and indicates his growing maturity. I hope we see Vela a lot more against Tottenham and Stoke this week. I think he might even start with Ade on Wednesday.
Another impressive performer yesterday was Alex Song. Denilson has been promising so far this season but in my opinion remains lightweight. Song is anything but and gave Fabregas greater license to roam yesterday which was the secret to his success last season. I hope Song retains his place and continues to improve. Diaby is also pushing for a starting place and might oust Nasri on Wednesday who looked a little tired against West Ham.
As for our returning Captain, well I think he played very well and formed a solid partnership with Silvestre who looks better with every game. Toure will not find it easy breaking back into the team, which can only be a good thing. With the remarkable turn of events at White Hart Lane on Sunday it will add extra spice to the Derby on Wednesday. Spurs will be relieved that they won yesterday which takes the pressure off Redknapp as no-one expects them to win. That could prove dangerous to Arsenal who must retain yesterday’s grit and discipline to ensure we remain in the hunt.