West Ham were poor. Let’s get that out the way first.
My £20 at 10/1 is looking like a nice little bet right now. After a couple of seasons getting too big for their boots, the Cockney lads from Essex are back to their natural level. Relegation battlers.
Even at 1-nil down, we never looked like we were not going to win. And if Martin Odegaard learns to curl it inside the post rather than outside, we would’ve hit 5.
Man of the moment thought was Eddie Nketiah.
All the noise about Gabriel Jesus’s injury creating a crisis, that it would cost us the league, were silenced in that 90 minute performance.
Some had forgotten that Eddie has scored 5 goals in his previous 8 Premier League starts. The Boxing Day winner made it 6 in 9. Not bad for someone who so many have written off as “not Premier League quality.”
Eddie has always been a natural goal scorer, but in the last 12 months he has also added a better work rate and hold up play to his game. And I think credit to that has to go to Mikel Arteta.
The World Cup was supposed to break our momentum. We were meant to suffer a hangover from it. But we have kept up our 100% winning record and it looked like we had never been away.
From back to front we were excellent- and a special shout out to Ben White.
We now come up to a tricky run.
Brighton is someone we have struggled against in recent times with just 2 wins in our last 10 games.
Newcastle at home is a top of the table clash. And then it is Tottenham (A), Man U (H) and Everton (A).
I won’t begin predicting the points we will get. All that matters is the New Years Eve game against Brighton. We win the league this season but not getting too far ahead of ourselves.
Final shout out to William Saliba.
It was a silly swipe that gave away the penalty, and some poor decision making prior to that which led to him being in the position to need to make a challenge. But he recovered well and had a decent game.
He is still just 21-years-old and only trained twice since the World Cup. It shows Arteta’s faith in him that he was trusted to come straight back in.
Onwards and upwards