The surprise of the season is definitely Arsenal’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin.

It look liked his Arsenal career was over after being sent to Freiburg last season and having a falling out with the manager. His attitude was questioned and looked like he may have blown his chance.

Regardless of what Wojciech Szczesny ate, drank or smoked in the showers after a miserable 0-2 defeat to the mighty Saints, his omission from between the Arsenal sticks has been a while coming. Emerging as a beacon of hope in the world after Almunia, Szczesny has failed to build on his promising talent, instead turning into the bundle of nerves of a goalkeeper the Arsenal faithful were so used to before his arrival.

Perhaps a little harsh. But out of the elite Premier League clubs only Arsenal find themselves with an uncertainty in regards to their number one. Szczesny is older than De Gea of Manchester United and Courtois of Chelsea. By the way, Liverpool don’t count as they are currently awful and Mignolet doesn’t even wear the number one, so there.

Arsene Wenger had become increasingly under fire as the manager of Arsenal, or should I say not just the manager, rather - the general - the guy who runs everything, at Arsenal. Recent performances or more precisely, recent defensive performances have been atrocious. There’s no doubt in that.

But here’s how I see it.

Last season was a close season. Arsenal dipped at the end, some would say, as expected. However, Arsenal managed to keep clean sheets, albeit conceding as many as 6 in some matches, yes, nevertheless, there were many games where they managed solid defensive performances. But does this not show that Arsenal can defend? That Arsene does have tactical regard? That he can set up his team to defend appropriately?

Given the club has driven its entire fanbase to alcoholism, here is a list of which drinks the Arsenal players would be.

Arsene Wenger- Red Wine

French and sophisticated. At its prime, the best around, but the newer vintages pale in comparison. Been thrown out by the fans recently.

Szczęsny- Coors light

Nothing actively terrible about it, but has a long way to go before it could be considered a great .

Gibbs- Sambuca

There is a something very liquoricey about it.

Koscielny- Mulled Wine

Universally popular choice, hope to see much more of it around the Christmas period.

For the last decade, Arsenal have been on the verge of success, with one thing holding them back. One stumbling block, that if they could overcome, they would be serious contenders for every trophy they went for. One big, ever-changing, “if”.

“If they get a new stadium, Arsenal will compete financially” 

What’s the point of a new stadium when an oligarch can give you 3 times the revenue?

“If they wait for the kids grow up, Arsenal will have a team for a generation”

Unless of course, they leave, become perennially injured, or (god forbid) turn out to be Denilson.