Morning all.

How good was it to see Emile Smith Rowe back in the starting eleven? Even better was that he left the pitch for reasons other than injury. We talk about the return of Thomas Partey and the eventual return of Jurrien Timber but Smith Rowe is equally as important.

Mikel Arteta on Smith Rowe and what impressed him?

That he went for it, that he was free, he was flowing, he was moving, he was participating, his body language was good – he’s just a beautiful footballer to watch. I’m really pleased because he was really connected with the team and I thought he played the game in a really good way.

He’s not afraid to shoot either….

The game was all about Arsenal, especially in the first half. Possession stats were through the roof but as often has been the case this season, when it comes to turning possession into chances and goals, Mikel Arteta’s team was lacking. We had chances, but none were taken

However, after the break, that changed when Gabriel Jesus hit the woodwork, sent a shot way too high from close range but then scored from an angle which looked impossible. Soon after, Bukayo Saka made it 2-0. The team should have seen the game out with ease but uncharacteristically, the defence had a nightmare. Forest scored, the nerves set in but the boys held on to secure three massive points on the road.

Words were exchanged between Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ben White after the game, no doubt to do with the sloppy goal the team conceded.

Mikel Arteta:

I love it, they demand more from each other and they are not happy with the way they concede that and they are trying to resolve it. It was a bit heated, but that means it is not enough playing the way we played, the result has to be bigger. That’s pushing each other and being not happy conceding and I have to encourage that and promote it in the right way and a respectful way.

Something of nothing I’m sure and by the time the players reached the dressing room I strongly suspect they were best of buddies again. But, the defending is something which needs working on.

I still think Arsenal play the ball around a bit too slowly and I also think at times, players are far too shot shy. There were moments in the first half when a boot through the ball might have been more successful than taking the extra 4/5 touches which ended up with us losing possession. I know the perfect goal is easy on the eye but I’m a firm believer of it doesn’t matter how they go in as long as they go in. Goals win games, not the number of passes made during a game.

Nevertheless, a win at Forest is a great result, especially as since returning to the Premier League, they have beaten us back in May, Liverpool, Manchester United last season too and neither Chelsea of Man City managed to win at The City Ground. This season, they’ve beaten Villa, Utd and Newcastle.

Talking of Newcastle, they thrashed Aston Villa last night. Yes, I quite like seeing Villa lose. The surprise of the night though was Luton battering Brighton 4-0. Tonight sees Liverpool face Chelsea, Totts play Brentford and Man City play Burnley. Three away wins would be good for us and a few red cards for the team in red at Anfield. Lol

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