We recorded our eighth consecutive Premier League win as relegation threatened Burnley were overcome on Saturday, murmurings over a potential title charge became ever louder…
It may have taken a while, but Arsene Wenger has finally found the right balance to the side between defending and attacking and it seems that any player unable to adapt will not be able to feature.
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However, a few players have become crucial to the team over the past few months and almost reinvented themselves in order to perform to Wenger’s standards
Here are six players who have been crucial to our winning run.
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1. David Ospina
Every team needs a competent goalkeeper and it seems as though we have found exactly that in the Colombian. The former Nice man fills the back four with confidence and you don’t get the sense that he is prone to a massive error like Wojciech Szczesny.
2. Hector Bellerin
The fact that many are questioning whether or not Mathieu Debuchy will return to the team is testament to Bellerin’s sensational displays in recent months. Marauding down the right has always been a quality, but his defensive focus will stand him in good stead.
3. Nacho Monreal
Wenger clearly cares very little about shirt numbers with Kieran Gibbs being relegated to the bench the season he’s finally got his hands on the famous No.3. Monreal’s spell at centre-back seems to have aided him defensively which may have previously been a weakness.
4. Francis Coquelin
Arsenal’s first name on the team-sheet at the moment? Many would agree and how could anyone argue with such a statement? Coquelin’s introduction to the side following an uninspiring loan spell at Charlton has been simply brilliant, as has his consistent displays as a defensive midfield anchorman.
5. Mesut Ozil
Four assists and three goals in his last nine league games, the German wizard continues to produce the goods to the disgust of the reporters who have written him off countless amount of times in the past. A picture-book free-kick against Liverpool was the pick of his moments during this perfect run.
6. Olivier Giroud
Goals win games and Giroud is certainly delivering on that front to keep us rolling on. His double at Newcastle was especially crucial given how we performed in the second half. Big moments in the big matches have also been produced this season against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.