When Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the Community Shield, it seemed they were starting the season on the right foot. Chelsea was always the strong rival, and there’s no better way to begin a new season than with a victory. Their first Premier League game against West Ham was coming up, and that was a guaranteed win, wasn’t it?
The Gunners’ fans were in for an unpleasant surprise as Arsenal were promptly defeated by the Hammers, a team that was not presumed dangerous at all. And yet they celebrated a 2:0 win. Was it a lucky fluke for West Ham to beat the favourites?
Judging by the fact that they were eliminated in the third round of the Europa League qualification, it probably was. Arsenal, on the other hand, looked impossible to defeat with their new star goalkeeper Petr Cech on the line, but it was him missing both of the completely avoidable goals. The Gunners can only hope his performance improves as the season moves on.
Having said that, Arsenal still has good chances at finishing at the top of the Premier League table, but they will need to up their game by a few notches. Beginning the season with a defeat that’s nothing short of disastrous is not a good sign, but it may very well be a good warning, and at the moment, the Gunners only have a three point deficit.
Meanwhile, the second week of the Premier League definitely has interesting games on the line. Both Chelsea and Manchester City are favourites to win the whole league, and they will meet for the first time on Sunday. Man City’s star midfielder Yaya Toure proved to be in his best form against West Bromwich – is Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas ready for the challenge?
The Citizens began the League with a win, while Chelsea only managed a draw vs Swansea. The upcoming game could define which of the teams prepared better for the 2015/16 season. Meanwhile, Arsenal will play against Crystal Palace on the same day – the Gunners should be able to claim victory, although their last week’s performance may leave some doubts.