There were so many positives to take from the 5-0 Premier League victory over Aston Villa on Sunday – the performance, being able to cope without Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin’s first Arsenal goal, for example.
Yet perhaps the most pleasing thing was the way Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott both slotted back into the starting XI and not only played well, but had a huge influence on the dominant scoreline.
Ozil proved his class early with a a sublime flick from a Per Mertesacker clearance to send Olivier Giroud through on goal for our first of the afternoon.
Then the 2014 World Cup winner was on the score-sheet himself, this time being assisted by Giroud as he coolly placed the ball past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Walcott meanwhile was starting his first league match since January 2014 and yet his time on the sidelines wasn’t felt as he scored the third and Arsene Wenger has been quick to praise our returning duo.
“I think he [Ozil] still lacks a little bit of competitive edge on sharpness but the quality of his game is exceptional and he’s getting back now,” Wenger told the club’s website.
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“He worked very, very hard physically and he’s now ready to play again.
“I still feel he [Walcott] can score a goal in every game.
“He’s a very intelligent player and the quality of Theo’s game is about the quality of his movement, the quality of his receptions, where he gets the ball.
“He knows where to be dangerous and when he’s in front of goal he can score.”
Seeing both players back on the pitch and influencing the game was a great sight for the Emirates faithful and let’s hope there is more of it to come as the season hits an important period.