It might not have been the most exciting match to watch, and a far cry from the heroic performance in Greece midweek, but the Gunners go top of the table until Monday night after finishing off Aston Villa 2-0. The north London outfit cruised to an easy win thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud (his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal) and a fine side foot finish by Aaron Ramsey from yet another Ozil assist, his 13th of the season.
Obviously the team talk at half-time was to not squander the lead, Arsenal did manage to get some defensive practice in ahead of the big match with Manchester City, yet as a fan we can’t help wonder why Arsenal took their foot off of the pedal rather than running rampant on a side that sits bottom of the table with just six points.
The man who deserves the most applause however is Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech who despite mishitting a poor back past from German international Per Mertesacker managed to keep a clean sheet, equalling the record of Liverpool and England shot-stopper David James with 169 clean sheets in the Premier League.
And with plenty of matches still to go we will have our fingers crossed that the 33-year-old former Chelsea keeper can make the record his own before the end of the season.