Arsenal 3 Stoke City 1

Arsenal have had a terrible start to the new season. After 9 games played we stand at the 7th spot on the table with 13 points and a -3 goal difference. How did this happen? Well, I’ve rambled on about it a couple of times already so not gonna get too much into it. The form has picked up in the recent weeks but I am still skeptical about where we will end up on the table at the end of the season and you know what? 6th or 7th place is not an unrealistic position! Yeah, sacrilege indeed. But that’s the way our squad has been dealt and I’m looking at Arsene Wenger to start changing things around come the mid-season transfer window.

But how did we climb to 7th place? We did it RVP style and that worries me. First the result and I’ll tell you why that worried me later. Robin van Persie came off the bench to inspire Arsenal to a fourth straight Premier League win at home as the Gunners beat Stoke City 3-1 today. Gervinho had seen his clinical first-half strike from Aaron Ramsey’s pass cancelled out by a close-range goal from former Spurs striker Peter Crouch. But Van Persie swooped just six minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to convert Gervinho’s cross. The Dutchman added a third goal when he diverted a shot past Asmir Begovic after another Gervinho pass.

Now here is the troubling part – without RVP we are an average side!!! And he has had a history of injuries! RVP is doing his part whenever he is fit and on the field but we need more international class players like him to challenge for silverware. Did Wenger really think he was going to win the league or in Europe with the squad he has currently? No way. Good job turning things around boys but we need more. Mid season. Transfer. Window. Spend!

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