Whilst I enjoyed watching Arsenal put three goals past Sheffield Utd, beating the bottom of the league team isn’t much to go over the top about. Three good goals they were but Arsenal need to be scoring against better teams with better defences for anyone to suggest we’re on the rise.
That aside, Partey played a wonderful pass through to Lacazette which resulted in him grabbing his 50th goal in The Arsenal colours. Our opening goal was slick and full of flicks. Well, a few. The goal had ‘Arsenal’ written all over it but Arsenal of the past rather than this present Arsenal but so what, it was good. Very good. Martinelli, who started instead of the ill Aubameyang, grabbed our third. Being in the right place after their keeper could only parry Pepe’s shot earned him that.
So yes, there’s much to be pleased about this morning. I don’t want to be a party pooper but we ‘should’ be beating Sheffield Utd but I suppose the way things have been recently, the win somehow feels a tad better than it really was. Also because this has been a season full of disappointment. Some of which is down to Mikel Arteta, a lot down to the attitude of certain players who’ve done little other than jog around the pitch like it was a Sunday afternoon jolly. Performances have been error strewn and it’s cost us dear.
However, yesterday showed glimpses of a better Arsenal, even with Xhaka at left back and Ceballos on the pitch. There seemed to be more energy, more enthusiasm and more determination. That team looked like they wanted to score goals. Lacazette led the team with a very good performance in my opinion. There was no Willian, no Aubameyang and no Bellerin. Chambers might not be the best right back the world has ever seen but there’s no faulting his effort and the same could be said for perhaps the slowest player Arsenal have had at left back since Santos but Xhaka did his best I think. Ceballos is a much better option than Willian that’s for sure and Martinelli, well, what is there to say? He simply doesn’t know when to stop. Even after picking up a knock he went again and totally deserved his goal. Well done to Pepe for setting it up.
Arsenal needed that opposition, that performance and that win because hopefully it’ll inject a bit of belief that they can go to Prague and get the right result.
The downside of the game was Saka hobbling off but hopefully it’s nothing serious.
Mikel Arteta has decisions to make before Thursday. Does he bring back Aubameyang instead of Martinelli, Willian for Ceballos and Bellerin for Chambers?
See you in the comments.