Arsene Wenger says his side can’t afford to lose focus if they are to consolidate their title credentials ahead of a busy schedule which takes in seven games across three competitions in the next four weeks.
The Gunners sit top of the table on goal difference after seven games ahead of Norwich’s visit tomorrow, but despite being favourites to beat the Canaries the boss has made clear everyone must be on the top of their game after a two week hiatus.
“At the top level, one of the keys is to switch on and off when it is right,” Wenger told assembled press at London Colney.
“The quality which is needed after a long break is to switch on again in a very quick, fast and efficient way. That is what is at stake and I am confident we will do that.
“We have learned something in the last 18 months, that the Premier League has changed, that every single game is a potential danger for any team in the league and the recent results in the Premier League have confirmed that.
“Every team who are favourites today are on their toes because they know every game is a potential danger.”
Last year Norwich caused the Gunners all manner of problems in the Premier League, beating Arsene Wenger’s side one-nil at Carrow Road, before putting in a stubborn, albeit eventually fruitless, showing at the Emirates…yeah fuck off Mark Bunn you timewasting Spurs supporting prick.
Casting his eye over the attacking threat set to be faced on Saturday, the boss continued: “Norwich are much more dangerous (than last season) because they have (Johan) Elmander, (Ricky) van Wolfswinkel and technically they are very good in midfield.
“They’ve also sold that gristle-head Holt, who tried to little bit eat some of our ball boys last year.
“It is always a potentially dangerous game to play Norwich because they are a team with a good dynamic and are not scared to play. They showed that against Chelsea in the last game.”
Echoing Wenger’s cautious mindset, captain Thomas Vermaelen stressed that Dutch international Van Wolfswinkel, against whom he played in Holland, requires need special attention from the back four.
“I played against him when he first came through into the first team at Vitesse,” the centre-back told the Arsenal programme.
“He then went to Utrecht and abroad to Portugal and [always] scored a lot of goals. He is a clinical goalscorer, he makes good runs and is someone that we will definitely need to watch closely.”
Arseblog News suspects there isn’t a Gooner in the world who isn’t licking their lips at the prospect of proper football returning, fingers crossed we can pick up where we left off before the break. The games come thick and fast after this…