Arsenal Football Club are one of the biggest clubs in England and World football. We have the third highest trophy count in England and have carved our name into the timeline of English Football history. We have many timeless memories that echo through the years such as the Invicibles and the 89 season. But since the move to the Emirates and the departure of many Arsenal heroes our grasp at the top of English football slipped. Trophy-less for 13 years in a period of financial struggle and an abundance of injuries and top players leaving, Arsene Wenger managed to keep Arsenal’s ship floating and remain as a “big club” in England, remaining in the top 4. But as the debt of the new stadium was eradicated Arsenal finally began to show signs of life as a big club again when we clinched Real Madrid number 10, Mesut Özil on deadline day in 2013. This is where the giant began to show signs of waking. This was the season of Aaron Ramsey’s stellar performances where he was a key figure netting 16 goals that season, one being the FA cup final winner in extra time to end the long Arsenal trophy drought. In the following 3 seasons Arsenal continued to perform as a big club bringing in marquee signings such as Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Petr Cech. In these 3 years Arsenal once again showed signs of waking the giant, but never did; winning 2 FA cups and finishing second behind fairytale Leicester City in their marvellous season. This season Arsenal once again brought in 2 marquee signings. The first a free signing from Schalke who has being nothing short of brilliant. Last season he was named in the Bundesliga team of the season ahead of the likes of David Alaba and Ricardo Rodriguez. Sead Kolasinac has quickly adjusted to life at Arsenal and become a cult hero with Arsenal fans, with his strength and grit giving Arsenal fans something to cheer about and offering the fight Arsenal are accused of lacking. The second was Alexandre Lacazette. A name Arsenal fans had heard many times before. The French man has being compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright and is a renown goalscorer in Europe having the highest conversion rate last season and scoring 37 goals. Lacazette arrived as a club record signing and has quickly found his feet already scoring 7 goals for Arsenal. In this window Arsenal showed the biggest promise yet of the giant awakening. In the past years of struggle we had being prone to losing our big players such as RVP, but not this season. Arsene Wenger was adamant that neither Mesut Özil or Alexis Sanchez would be leaving and he was right. Arsenal have risked losing their top players on a free next season so that they can keep them 1 more year and refused many big offers from rivals, mainly Man City.
This season Arsenal had an on and off start. Winning their first game which is a rarity in recent times, but then losing to Liverpool and Stoke the season looked as though it would be nothing more than mediocre and with leaders Manchester City appearing to be running away with it all seemed lost. However, since the international break Arsenal have looked like a different animal. Ending the supposed power shift in North London by thumping Tottenham 2-0 and then going away from home to tough side Burnley and winning, something had changed. Arsenal then went to Huddersfield and it seemed like the return of “Wengerball”. Winning impressively 5-0 and players like Mesut Özil picking up form for the big game on Saturday. Arsenal now have José Mourinho’s Manchester United. Arsenal vs United a massive game in English football and Mourinho vs Wenger is a fierce rivalry in itself without the history of the 2 clubs to intensify it. Arsenal must win to keep their form continuing, with City starting to show signs of faltering, scraping a couple of late winners, now is the time to push on. A big win against United would send shock waves through England. It is a home game and Arsenal have established the Emirates as a fortress. They are currently on a long win streak at home and have only lost 1 game this calendar year at home in the league.
Arsenal now have a solid team. They have a great goalkeeper, a defence that can fight and match the physicality of the big sides such as Burnley, a solid midfield pairing that is now dominating games and a world class front 3 that will cause the best defence in the world a problem. If Arsenal go onto beat United it will be a great platform to build our season on. The season is still young and although Manchester City seem a million miles away it’s not far from the realm of possibility to catch them. The sleeping giant is stirring in his sleep and looks close to waking up, when he wakes he will rise to the top of English football and we will take back our crown in London and set out to conquer England once again. But will the giant finally awaken?