Arsenal were playing the same squad for the longest consecutive period of games in a row since 1994 and slumped to their first defeat in 11 league games. All good things must indeed come to an end.
What has been most refreshing about Arsenal’s recent upturn in form is the way that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have finally established a starting 11 that can push us on to title success next season.
Chelsea, are of course the Champions, and it is now possible that we don’t finish second. But it has been a great second half of the season for us regardless.
The Gunners have allowed the trio of David Ospina, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin to rescue our season and it has paid off handsomely. We’re heading to the FA Cup Final and although yesterday’s defeat to Swansea City leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, we’ve a lot to look forward to for 2015/16.
In terms of the game itself, Arsenal were of course dominant throughout but Swansea City and their manager Garry Monk outsmarted us. That six man midfield proved a problem for us for the entire evening. I indeed hope that Tim Sherwood doesn’t learn anything from that performance by the Swans.
Arsenal need to now regroup and finish on the best possible note for the last two league games of the season. Wenger will need to rotate to keep his freshest legs fresh for the FA Cup Final.
So, it looks as if Arsenal have wrapped up a move to sign David Ospina this morning and I for one think this is a good bit of business by Wenger. Lukas Fabianski was an excellent backup for us but you have to understand his need for regular first team football at Swansea City. Ospina, from what I saw, was one of the best goalkeepers at the World Cup for Colombia and you have to feel sorry for their bad luck there.
With a whole month left of the transfer window open it is starting to make sense for Wenger to move now. The best talent will be snapped up quickly, especially in the goalkeeping department, as we saw with Real Madrid moving for Keylor Navas who I think was probably the best keeper in Brazil.
Szczesny has bags of potential – there’s no doubt about that. He’s been an excellent keeper for us at times, but occasionally I’ve felt very let down by his performances. The Polish shot stopper has a tendency to make mistakes in some big games. So the arrival of Ospina, I feel, is designed to put some pressure on the keeper. Ospina is much better than Fabianski and will probably get more games than Fabianski did last season.
The rumour from the Emirates is that Ospina could even start the opening game of the Premier League season if he impresses in friendly games prior to the new season. It will be interesting to see how Wenger plays this situation out.