The win over Manchester City has certainly been our best team performance of the season. We worked as a unit, conceded possession as part of an actual game plan but were clinical with our limited chances.
Sunday’s 5-0 victory over Aston Villa was excellent on so many levels. We were always going to enjoy the possession but could players such as Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud deliver? The players who have been some of our most vital losses this season.
While Ramsey looked a little rusty, he did put in a well rounded shift while the others contributed accordingly.
Ozil’s first touch for Giroud’s opener was £42.4 million material. He then doubled our lead with an accurate finish commentators claimed was ‘scuffed’. Far from it. It was inch perfect to beat the outstretched Brad Guzan.
The signs are promising and Arsenal need to keep this momentum going. Santi Cazorla continues to deliver emphatically again. The defensive unit held strong and cleared anything in the box – even David Ospina made some wonderful saves to justify his inclusion albeit he was rarely worked bar the odd attack.
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Hector Bellerin is certainly pushing on. His goal helped, but generally he was very good defensively. A well timed sliding challenge on the edge of the box was aided by the fact he possesses such raw pace. Overall he doesn’t lunge into challenges and at present is above Chambers in the pecking order.
All in all it was the type of performance we’ve wanted to see against a lower opposition for awhile. A proper old fashioned thrashing. We always looked to punish, and with Theo Walcott back in the mix our attack constantly stretched their back line. The Englishman will only get stronger and sharper in the coming weeks.
Wenger agreed we looked potent going forward and praised the back line for a third consecutive Premier League clean sheet. Arsenal.com quoted the Frenchman as saying after the game:
“We always looked dangerous when we got [in between] their lines and defensively we were sound as well. Overall it’s a positive day for us.”
With Tottenham Hotspur overcoming West Bromwich Albion 3-0, it was vital we produced another encouraging league display on the back of the City win. We did just that and it was perfect preparation for our visit to White Hart Lane this weekend.
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