Arsenal look majestic, but are they their own worst enemy?
Praise floods in after Norwich win, but tough games and injury problems could derail the Gunners
ARSENAL are well and truly back. The Gunners' 4-1 victory over Norwich had two contenders for goal of the month, some wonderful football, an inspired substitution and even the traditional jitters when it appeared as though Arsene Wenger's men were on the verge of throwing it all away.
The Gunners' opening goal, involving a double one-two between Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere was spectacular. But Mesut Ozil was not content to let his team-mates hog the limelight, and went on to score two goals himself.
Then super-sub Aaron Ramsey also wanted a piece of the action and despite only playing 53 minutes, forced his way into many pundits' team of the week with a cameo that featured yet another goal and an assist.
But before that, with the score at 2-0 Norwich had pegged a goal back leaving many fans fearful that Arsenal's old failings would be about to surface. This time, though, it did not happen.
Afterwards the talk was about Arsenal's attack rather than their defence. Eurosport was left wondering whether Wilshere or Ramsey, who struck with a superb solo effort, scored the better goal.
Manager Arsene Wenger appeared to anoint Wilshere the winner. "It was certainly one of the best [Arsenal] goals, one that I enjoyed the most as well because it was a team goal," he beamed afterwards.
Tony Cascarino in The Times, even said "Dennis Bergkamp would have been proud" of bulky French striker Giroud's contribution to Wilshere's opener.
Such is the turnaround at Arsenal that The Guardian even suggests that Wenger's failure to buy a striker over the summer can now, with hindsight, be seen as a stroke of genius, as it has reinvigorated Giroud.
But amid all the cheerleading there remains cause for concern. Jonny Howson's goal for Norwich shows that without Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal are still "vulnerable".
There are also sterner tests to come. Arsenal must face Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton in coming weeks.
The reinvigorated Gunners could also become their own worst enemies, warns The Independent. "The team which represents the latest manifestation of Wenger's most cherished principles is good, very good. So good, in fact, that his greatest challenge is to dampen the ardour of his admirers, who have rediscovered their voices and refined their ambitions."
And there could be another problem lurking round the corner according to Goal.com. The Gunners have suffered with injuries in the past and the curse could strike again, warns Wayne Veysey.
"The club’s Achilles heel is their injury prevention and rehabilitation record. Relying predominantly on methods that were ahead of their time when Wenger began his reign in 1996, but are now prehistoric in comparison to rival clubs with considerably less resources, Arsenal are lagging behind in this crucial area." ·