Canaries caged, but Wenger has a problem to think about

By Avenell Dave

After the start to the season we had, the recent run of results is something to be proud of.

No players suspended, unsettled players departed and new players bedding in has given us the competitive adge we needed to start regaining confidence and rise up the table.

The fact that everyone keeps winning (Ch*vski apart) is making it more difficult for us and we have to hope that we maintain this consistency while others start to drop away.

Looking at the side at the moment, full-backs apart, it's great to see how competitive we have become.

Johann Djourou is an adequate reserve central defender - at least as good as, say, Jonny Evans at M*nure - and we have four decent full backs when all are fit.

When Jack Wilshere returns, he's not going to walk straight back into the team and out wide, we have Yossi Benayoun and AA23 to come in and challenge for wide positions.

But the problem, albeit a nice one to have, is the form of RvP.

I hate it when people accuse us of being a one man team, because you only have to look at the form of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Gervinho (despite his misses on Saturday) and even Mikel Arteta and Alex Song to see that they are providing us with a solid foundation.

But RvP is finishing the chances off and without his intervention, it's hard to see where the spearhead will come.

Arsene Wenger doesn't seem to trust Park by giving him the chances he needs to get used to English football and I have a feeling that Chamakh will be off in January.

There's a lot of talk gathering pace that Goetze will join us from this week's Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund and that he is a superstar in the making.

That may be so and as a wide player, he may get in, but my understanding is that he plays centrally and that's just not somewhere we're short of players, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frimpong and Coquelin coming through.

We can't wait for Benik Afobe to come good and the more we play RvP, the more likely it is that he will get injured again and that's the last thing we need.

That worry aside, we were superb on Saturday. Norwich are no mugs and yet we took them apart. Better finishing and a goalkeeper not having such a good day and we'd have improved our goal difference no end.

It does piss me off listing ot commentators though.

We take the lead and we're hanging on despite not having a shot to worry about of any note, while M*nure and others would be said to have done a professional job.

Yes, it was a silly error by Per Mertesacker but on the whole he's done well and yet he is continually being referred to as struggling, which is simply not true.

It's hard not to get paranoid, isn't it?