As August came to a close and Arsene Wenger went out and spent like he’d never spent before, he was accused by many of panic buying in the wake of the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford and Arsenal’s difficult start to the season.
Perhaps there was an element of truth to that but you can still go out and buy last minute ingredients for a dinner party and make a good meal, and the players he’s brought in have, for the most part, been positive additions.
The club’s vice-captain, Thomas Vermaelen, believes that a big part of why we’ve found form again is down to the players brought in close to the transfer deadline.
Speaking to Arsenal Player he said, “It’s hard to say which moment or which result but I think the new players have been really important for us. They’re doing a great job at the moment and they bring experience.
People like Mikel have played a lot of games in the Premier League and Per has played a lot in the Bundesliga and for his country. Both are really experienced and I’m really happy with them. That was good for the team I think, when they settled in well, and we’ve been getting better results.”
And captain Robin van Persie agrees that the new signings have had a big impact. “We got a couple of late signings which we had to make because we were missing a couple of world class players”, he said. “After that game against Manchester United we’ve come back strong. Everybody had written us off.
“Everyone wasn’t really speaking positive about us. To bounce back from a period like that everybody can take credit. We had to dig deep, trust me.”
Vermaelen also believes that this newly confident Arsenal can continue their good run despite a huge test at the Middle Eastlands on Sunday.
“If you are winning games then you are in the mood, you are positive and your confidence just goes up. That’s what’s happened with this team.
“Maybe because we had a bad start some of the self-belief wasn’t there as much for some players but when we started winning again it came back. That’s why we’re more confident on the pitch and we’ll get better results.”