It might have finished 1-0 but another day it could have been 3 or 4.
30 shots was the most in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta as we created chance after chance.
Nicolas Pepe was stopped from opening the scoring due to a fantastic block by Brandon Williams prior to setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal.
Aubameyang would shot straight at Tim Krul. He should have done better. Likewise Emile Smith Rowe, having shifted the ball to his stronger foot, should have finished his shot. Bukayo Saka hit the rebound wide.
It was a Norwich City side that had conceded 10 goals prior to Saturday and there will be tougher tests to come. But the green shoots of recovery were clear and obvious to everyone.
Arsenal looked energised, pressing from the front.
Aubameyang down the middle looked a new man. Closing dow the keeper and keeping the defenders honest.
Martin Odegaard in behind him showed why he was always Arsenal’s first choice as a 10.
Not only does he bring he bring quality on the ball but also a high work rate.
There is no point the striker pressing if those behind you do not.
With Odegaard and Bukayo Saka backing up Aubameyang the Norwich team were constantly under pressure in their own half. Time and again we won the ball off their midfield.
Arteta was also able to put out what was is his strongest defence.
Again it is only Norwich but the back 4 looked solid and composed.
Taking into account their age profiles, the defence will grow together as a unit the more they play together. Hopefully Arteta refrains from the chopping and changing of last year in the back 4.
Burnley next weekend will be a tougher test for the defence. Expect some high balls into the box to test Ben White and Gabriel.
Overall, it might have only been 1-nil to The Arsenal but there were a lot of positives to take out of the game.
Have a good Monday.
Ramsdale looked assured and confident but I almost died of a heart attack when he chose to dribble. Tomi looked like the real deal on RB, there is a reason why Gabriel won player of the month trice last autumn, Tierney is Tierney – a super LB, Lokonga looks like a steal in MF, AMN was, IMO, not a success in MF and Partey is a much better alternative. The front four did well but Auba needs to put away more chances.