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Is Arsene Wenger about to prove all the Arsenal doubters wrong?


All the talk about Arsenal this summer has been about Arsene Wenger's perceived lack of activity in the transfer market.

With the Arsenal board promising to compete with the biggest clubs in the world financially this summer, the Arsenal faithful showed their frustration on the opening day of the season when they went down 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.

The critics sharpened their knives, an unconvincing loss at home, with only one 20 year old forward from France signed- on a free.

Their next game took on an even greater importance- away at Fenerbahce in a Champions League qualifier. Should they lose, Wenger's position would have surely been called into question.

But lo and behold, they won, convincingly, 3-0. Fenerbahce are hardly a force to be reckoned with in Europe, but the manner of the win, and the assured performance reminded people what this supposedly lacking Arsenal side were capable of.

A first win in the league swiftly followed against Fulham, and they comfortably saw off Fenerbahce in the return leg at the Emirates.

And yesterday they took on their biggest rivals in North London rivals Tottenham. Despite the imminent sale of their best player Gareth Bale, they had done exactly what Arsenal fans had wanted their club to do, with several high profile signingsover .

So one of the biggest rivalries in English football took on a new meaning, it could be the moment where Spurs, who had been behind their rivals for so long, finally proved that they had surpassed Arsenal. But it didn't happen.

Olivier Giroud, who has been lethal so far this season, put Spurs and their batch of new stars to the sword, and despite late pressure, Arsenal's supposedly shaky defence held firm.

Incidentally, the sale of Gareth Bale which proceeded the game has proved to be the catalyst for Arsenal's late foray into the market, as it emerged that Mesut Ozil will be signing for Arsenal.

At the time of writing Ozil was undergoing a medical in Berlin for the Gunners, ahead of a proposed £42.5m move. Arsenal are expected to sign him, and potentially several others before 11pm tonight.

If Wenger can bring the likes of Ozil, and potentially Di Maria and Demba Ba, albeit on the last day, then he may go someway to silencing the critics. They might still argue that he could have done his business a bit earlier, but it is now apparent that the Ozil deal in particular all depended on when Bale went to Madrid, something Daniel levy would not doubt have been aware of.

So, 3 games into the Premier League season, and Arsenal sit assured of Champions League football this season, above the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in the league, and wilth Mr Ozil seemingly on his way to the Emirates many Arsenal fans might be asking this time tomorrow- crisis, what crisis?

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