While most of the attention has been on Mourinho’s turbulent start to the season, as well as the unbeaten starts made by Chelsea, Liverpool and City, Arsenal are the team that have quietly performed just as everyone at the club would have hoped for. They’ve done it without making a lot of noise and have just played the game really smart. Emery has made sure the forwards started to gel and get the service they needed, and the 5-1 win over Fulham was their ninth consecutive win in all competitions. But we see you and are all aware of how good you have been doing now.
When a new manager comes in it’s normal for every player to be at his best, to ensure they impress and stay in the team. After losing their opening two matches against Chelsea and City, fans would have been a little bit anxious, but six games later they are among the teams to beat trailing the leading pack by two points.
Chelsea, Liverpool and City are all level with six wins and two draws, and Sarri was smart in taking the pressure of the team by saying he want to be where Liverpool are now in two years. That gives him two years to build and eases pressure in the title race, but the team started to perform from the getgo. Even though at times they have looked shaky at the back, after the game against Liverpool they looked like Champions That doesn’t come as too much of a surprise when you have Hazard, the best player in the league, in your team.
As a player, when you come from a manager that wants to control everything, it helps when you have a new manager that resembles a dad – only needing you to listen when it matters. I think that’s what Sarri brings to the team, and they look more relaxed and you can see they are having fun. Conte had them smiling when they were winning but when the result wasn’t always coming in you could see there was a problem that was bigger than the results. You could see the players didn’t feel free to express themselves and try new things.
Klopp said: “I really think the most important thing for football is entertaining the people. We don’t save lives, we don’t create anything, we are not good in surgeries, we are only good in football. If we would not entertain the people, why would we play it then?”
I totally agree with that. We get paid for to entertain the people in the stadium and on TV s across the world. The fans are the ones who we can make have a great day or week. To be part of their happiness is a special thing, and when things go well it’s amazing to feel their joy. We don’t need to talk about when things go bad because they make sure we know about that!
When players are having fun it shows and the football is often much better to watch, which is how Chelsea have looked this season. There are of course occasions where we go for the result and it maybe doesn’t look that pretty, but it’s still entertainment because we put everything on the line and do whatever it takes to win.