As far as recent shocks go in Premier League history, Arsenal’s opening day defeat to West Ham United at home was up there.
Not only because the Hammers don’t typically fair well against the Gunners but simply born out of the fact that many were believing Arsene Wenger’s men were the real deal this season – or they were meant to be.
Still of course capable of going toe-to-toe with the early pace setters Manchester City with 33 Premier League fixtures left to contest this season, the 2-0 loss was rather strange for any Gooner to comprehend.
With Wenger’s men having enjoyed a fine pre-season, having signed Petr Cech and at the time looking like they might go on to sign a few missing jigsaw pieces with the window still open, not to mention having beaten Chelsea in the FA Community Shield, the West Ham loss totally took the wind out of Arsenal fans’ sails, leaving them feeling well, empty.
In fairness to the Gunners, they’ve managed to grind out some important away wins at Crystal Palace and Newcastle United since that forgettable day while easily dispatching of Stoke City at the weekend but a few of our neutrals are questioning today just how far Arsenal can go this season.
Starting a fresh Champions League campaign tomorrow evening, Arsenal will know they simply have to get further than the round of the last sixteen this campaign having fell at this hurdle for the last five seasons in a row.
For a club the size of Arsenal, succeeding on four fronts will depend on the majority of the squad staying fit and only today, we heard that Jack Wilshere has suffered his umpteenth injury setback in his career.
With Arsenal needing to dig deep to fight on four fronts again this season, they can’t afford to carry any passengers and that’s why we’re using today to list five Gunners stars who we think are deemed overrated.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 most overrated Arsenal players in the current squad.