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Arsenal’s best summer “signing”: confidence

Written by Leanne Lu

What is the secret to Arsenal’s phenomenal form this season? The answer from midfielder Aaron Ramsey was simple – confidence. The stability within the squad and the chemical reaction brought by marquee signing Mesut Özil has made the Gunners unstoppable at the moment. Last weekend they beat Norwich City 4-1 at home with ease. Jack Wishere’s superb volley was followed by Özil’s brace and another goal from the in-form Aaron Ramsey. Arsène Wenger claimed the opening goal from Wilshere was “one of Arsenal’s best” as it was scored after a number of breath-taking one-touch flicks.

With so much confidence, Arsenal's football is a joy to watch at the moment

With so much confidence, Arsenal’s football is a joy to watch at the moment

Both Chelsea and Liverpool are now two points off the top after eight games. José Mourinho was sent to the stands in the game against Cardiff City, but it didn’t seem to worry the Blues as they came from a goal down to score a comprehensive 4-1 win. Samuel Eto’o collected his first ever Chelsea goal although the goal drought from their orthodox strikers continues.

Newcastle United’s off-field problems appear endless but they were able to put on a resilient show at St James’ Park against Liverpool. Angry Geordies marched through the streets before the match in protest at the club’s owner Mike Ashley, which added some spicy to the game itself. As a result, the Magpies rallied around manager Alan Pardew and secured a hard-fought 2-2 draw despite being one man down for over 45 minutes. Steven Gerrard’s 100th league goal through a penalty and another goal from Daniel Sturridge could only bring one point for the Reds.

Was Fergie's last choice for Manchester United the right one?

Was Fergie’s last choice for Manchester United the right one?

Manchester City, Swansea, Everton and Tottenham all secured three points last weekend. Monday night football mostly generates low scores, but not this time. Fulham swept Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park and manager Martin Jol can finally breathe some fresh air after a slow start to the season. The most disappointing club was again Manchester United as they drew 1-1 against Southampton at home, with an 88th minute goal from the away team denying United victory. How long will it take before on-looking Alex Ferguson start to wonder if he made a mistake by leaving?