The Win, The Defence, Theo Walcott and The Arsenal

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The Win

2-0. It could have been more, it should have been more.

It was one of those situation’s where the game was so easy, rather than being ruthless, the players tried to create something special every time. A couple more goals would have been nice, but the keeper played well, and we sit top of the group after two games.

Beat Ludogorets in the next round of games and we will be on 7 points. With PSG likely to beat Basel at home, that will leave both clubs 6 points ahead of 3rd place. We than have the away games against the two weaker sides before finishing at home to PSG (I think).

It is always nice to get some early European wins under your belt, as it takes the pressure off in December when Premier League games come a bit thicker, a bit faster.

By not slipping up last night, and if we beat Ludogorets, we will practically be through.

The Defence

For a so called panic buy Shkodran Mustafi has settled in nicely next to Laurent Koscielny. He looks defensively strong, quick and good on the ball. Everything you need to be a defender at Arsenal.

And Laurent Koscielny seems to have grown into a new beast this season. It feels with the extra responsibility being France’s senior centre back this summer and being Arsenal’s leader at the back, he has grown. It leads you to the question as to why Laurent Koscielny was not made Arsenal captain?

I think we can now call an end to Per Mertesacker’s Arsenal career. His contract runs out at the end of this year, and with Mustafi and Koscielny on current form, I can not see him getting a sniff back in the team.

Rob Holding seems to be developing well, and Gabriel has always had all the physical making to be good, just not the mental. We are moving forward with a new batch of mobile, strong, quick defenders.

The line of succession is there. Koscielny and Mustafi for the next 2/3 years. Than Holding (who will still just be 23 in 3 years time) comes in for Koscielny.

Theo Walcott

Another great performance by Theo Walcott.

I have spoken about him a few times this season but he continues to go from strength to strength. He needs to keep it up, but the signs are positive.

Remember, this is a guy who scored 21 goals in 43 games in the 2012/13 season. He clearly is a good finisher, but has always been a confidence player. And always been one to respond when put under pressure by other players.

Being dropped by England and threatened to be sold to West Ham in the summer seems to have pushed him on.

Anyone out there still think Wenger was wrong letting go Joel Campbell in the summer, whilst keeping Theo?

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The Arsenal

Enjoy our performances whilst you can guys. As we are The Arsenal and we are only ever two poor games from being in a crisis. The boy boos will come back out. The banners will be displayed and people will lose their mind.

Performances like last night and Chelsea make you fall back in love with the game, back in love with the club again. We just need to keep it going.

Keenos

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