Even though the English Premier League will be playing its 3rd round of games this weekend, in effect for Arsenal, many fans will see this weekend as the match when Arsenal’s season really kicks off.
This is because new manager Unai Emery was handed an almost impossible task of having to face champions Manchester City and then travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. Both matches as expected ended with defeat. But Emery hasn’t lost the fans just yet who were the same and vocal under Arsene Wenger, and if Wenger had remained to see out his 2 year contract would have been livid at Arsenal’s start to the season.
Emery though has understandably been given a pass which simply goes like this- you lost against the last 2 champions of England, we forgive you. However things will certainly turn sour if Arsenal don’t beat West Ham United at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal are expected to not only beat the Hammers and their London rivals but score goals and make the win convincing. It’s been of course all change for the regular players with Emery adopting a very high line and an emphasis more on attack even away from home, it’s something that the fans have appreciated, witness the comeback from 2 goals down against Chelsea in the first half. Would that have happened under Wenger?
West Ham have had a nightmare start to the season conceding 4 goals at Liverpool and then losing to Bournemouth at home after being 1-0 up and that just reinforces the belief in Arsenal that they will get the win at the weekend.
Emery himself has been careful in interviews and comes across like he wants change at Arsenal and wants the club to succeed. He hasn’t yet felt the real wrath of the fans and if they lose or even draw at the weekend the fires will start to get stoked. It’s been a long time since a team managed by Emery has been 17th in the league and that is where Arsenal are right now.
The fans and media are holding off believing that misfortune in the fixture list has played its part. They could be right and we will know at the weekend if they are. If not this could be an incredibly awkward season for the Gunners. With tricky fixtures coming up in September against Cardiff, Everton and an away trip to Newcastle United, Arsenal will need to find their mojo, which needs to begin at 3pm this Saturday afternoon.