They sold Adebayor; they sold Toure; Rosicky, Walcott, Nasri, Djourou all injured.
All of those reasons suggested that Arsenal would fight a losing campaign starting today.
In fact, they won emphatically. The Gunners won a 6-1 game in Goodison Park, which may say more about the Toffies than about Arsenal, but that would be deception.
Arsenal played a very clear game, and by clear I mean they have never played so effective in quite some time. Regardless of the score they dominated the field, but how?
Weren't they supposed to fail this season and drop out of the top four and become a failure in the shadow of past success, all because they sold two players to Man City?
And they failed to sign Felipe Melo; Marouane Chamakh, and Brede Hangeland doesn't seem any closer to play in the north of London. For all of those reasons, analysts speculated why Arsenal wouldn't succeed they failed to realize how they could.
The one reason that Arsenal had to justify their chances for glory this season was because of what they had to endure the last season—to be out of the race because of a slow start and then to lose their fourth-place spot for a number of weeks.
This team is certainly a stronger side because of it.
And I don't see Man City as a threat to our spot because Arsenal can win the title, and their foward heavy squad will only be as successful as Liverpool during the late 90's, too much glamour and not enough grit.
After seeing the starting 11 after the game, I noticed that although we lost players to injury, we still had a great group of players on the field. Players like Denilson and Alex Song have really progressed in their ability.
I wonder if we still need a defensive midfielder when we have Song? I'm not determining that off of one game, but he can become that type of player we've been hopelessly chasing for two years.
The shining example of hope for me is the defense. I think the Vermaelen-Gallas duo could do damage if they play together in a way that William could never do with Toure.
The season is a long way from being over; this win will not define our season. How we play each game and grind out results can get us to the winner's podium.
No one expects us to win or at least stay in the top four, so the team and the fans have to stick together. We are a band of outsiders, and that may ultimately work in our favor, come May.