Arsenal: 7 Things to Take Away from August
With Arsenal recording their first Premier League win of the season, Lawrence McNeela finds seven positives from August to take into the rest of the campaign.
They're Still in the Champions League
Arsenal were handed a very difficult qualifying tie against Serie A side Udinese. By qualifying for the Champions League proper, the club remains in European football's most prestigious competition.
Per Mertesacker Strengthens the Centre of Defence
Thomas Vermaelen is a world class defender when fit, but it has been obvious for a long time that another top class centre-half was needed to bolster Arsenal's defence.
In Per Mertesacker, a German international, Arsenal finally have that defender.
Arsenal have never really replaced David Seaman, although Jens Lehmann provided some memorable moments between the sticks.
Wojciech Szczesny's early season form gives fans of the London club hope that a top class stopper has finally arrived at the Emirates.
The Dressing Room Is a Harmonious Place Once More
August finally saw the end of two of the most tedious transfer sagas of recent times, with want-away pair Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving the Emirates. Club captain Fabregas had made no secret of his desire to return to his native Spain during the past few summers, and this must have had a negative effect on the dressing room.
That situation has been resolved in favour of a squad all pulling together in the same direction.
Arsenal Are Still a Big Club
Well, bigger than Everton and Lille, anyway!
Arsene Wenger's infamous comments earlier in the summer might have come back to haunt him, but the signings of Mikel Arteta and Park Chu-Young show the Gunners are still an attractive proposition for new players.
Emmanuel Frimpong Looks the Part
Given how little self-control Emmanuel Frimpong displayed against Liverpool, a red card was almost inevitable. But prior to that sending off he was the best player on the field.
Strong on the ball and determined in the tackle, his performance had one remembering Patrick Vieira in his pomp. If Arsene Wenger can curb his impetuous streak, the Ghanaian could blossom into a very good midfielder.
Arsene Wenger Wakes Up and Smells the Coffee
It was a long time coming, every pundit and fan alike knew it was necessary and it took an 8-2 thrashing to bring it about, but Arsene Wenger finally signed some experienced players before the transfer window closed.
Arsenal fans will hope this is a sign of things to come, and the experiment of only signing young players with potential will be consigned to the dustbin of history.