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If Arsenal Concentrate Throughout The Season, Glory Will Follow

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrate after their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on May 24, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ben CampbellCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

The majority of the media have citied Joleon's Lescott possible transfer to Manchester City, as the reason for Arsenal's emphatic victory, the word ignorant comes to mind.

Every club has to deal with transfer speculation at some point, Arsenal have had to deal with speculation over their captain throughout the whole summer, up until the eve of the Premier League Season.

Arsenal were victorious because they were sharper, intense, incisive, clinical and focused, not because of the Joleon Lescott transfer saga.

What comes before all of these traits? Concentration.

I must mention Sulmaan Ahmad, editor of Goal.com, who criticised Arsenal for missing out on Felipe Melo, even he had to acknowledge Arsenal's superb performance and duly wrote a superb article. However, in Allen Hansen's column he was too proud to even mention how well Arsenal played.

Salaar Shamsi rightly pointed out that Arsenal must be consistent to win trophies, before consistency is concentration. Manchester United were so successful last season because their back five concentrated throughout a decisive 11 game run without conceding a goal.

Looking at previous seasons a lack of concentration cost Arsenal so dearly, games against Manchester United and Liverpool in the Champions League spring to mind.

Walcott's unforgettable run at Anfield, is tarnished by the fact that Arsenal lost, due to an avoidable penalty and defensive errors. That night also signaled the end of Phillipe Senderos's Arsenal career, who was at fault for two of the goals. Senderos was seen as a coup, he has attributes that would make him a good defender, but a range of foolish errors took its toll on Wenger's faith in the Swiss centre back.

Manchester United powered through a defensively undisciplined Arsenal midfield. Park Ji-Sung scored because none of the midfield closed down Anderson, Walcott in particular, who found Ronaldo unmarked, you know the rest. 

A lack of concentration was evident when Arsenal had a run of three successive draws, not defensively, but in attack where Arsenal were found wanting. Simple passes could have been played, which would have made goal scoring opportunities or the awareness upon receiving the ball.

All of these incidents occurred due to a lack of concentration from Arsenal, this is a basic principle of life.

You don't become the best without a high level of concentration, just ask Lionel Messi he has adhered the traits that have been listed. To a lesser extent, look at how well Titus Bramble has improved over the last season, he has cut out the silly mistakes that made him a mockery, another season like 2008-2009 he may be on the plane to South Africa.

Celtic are Arsenal's opponents tonight those who know a thing or two about football will know that Celtic Park is a hard place to go. However, if Arsenal approaches this decisive game in the same manner as the Everton game, with the same level of concentration half the job is done.

Arsenal's squad has all the ingredients to dominate European and domestic football, but if this is to happen Arsenal must concentrate throughout the whole season to end the four year trophy drought.

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