Jamie Carragher has defended Arsenal’s “giddy” fans as they are right to get carried away after spending a lot of time in a “long dark tunnel”.
After losing their first three games of the 2021/22 campaign, Arsenal have made a perfect start to the new season.
Admittedly, their opposition has not been as strong as last term they faced Brentford, Man City and Chelsea.
But the Gunners have looked very exciting so far as they have picked up victories over Crystal Palace, Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth.
The additions of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, plus William Saliba’s return have made an impact as Arsenal look full of confidence.
It is a bit too early to judge the Gunners but the club’s supporters can be forgiven for getting excited after their promising start.
Arsenal look to win their fourth league game of the season on Saturday evening as they host Fulham.
Ahead of this game, Carragher has argued that this is the “best team” Arsenal have had since Arsene Wenger left in 2018.
In his column for The Telegraph, Carragher asked: “Why do football fans take such an exception to their rivals enjoying themselves?
“It happens to at least one club at the start of each season. Their team speeds out of the traps, sending their supporters giddy with expectation, and it becomes a source of mockery from others who accuse them of ‘getting carried away after a few good results’.
“This year, for the first time in a while, Arsenal’s supporters are on the receiving end for being optimistic about their club’s prospects.
“Opposing fans will argue they have not played any of the strongest Premier League teams yet, and that the toughest examinations are yet to come.
“They will point to how Mikel Arteta’s side blew it in the final weeks of last season, how they failed to take advantage of midweek breaks out of Europe, surrendering fourth place when it was in their hands.
“All that is true, but I stand with the Arsenal fans on this subject – as I would any fan who can finally see the light at the end of what has often seemed a long, dark tunnel.
“Football is about hope and Arsenal have more cause to have it now than at any point since Arsene Wenger left. They have a side which can finish in the top four.”
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