They say the season starts here, when the summer transfer window is shut. It makes this gritty win a very important one, especially after losing our first home game of the season in the opening weekend.
What a goal it was that got us back in the game from our captain Koscielny; an overhead kick of the highest quality from a genuinely brilliant player. I hope the head injury he suffered before our injury time, penalty winner is not serious.
Kudos to Santi Cazorla for keeping his head and slotting the penalty away under such intense pressure, given that the delay between the award of the penalty and him taking it was considerable.
Arsene Wenger, fielded a team with our upcoming, first champions League game against PSG in mind by keeping the likes of Alexis, Xhaka and Giroud on the bench, after the last weekend’s internationals. That meant debuts for our late signings of the summer transfer window, Lucas and Mustafi, the latter having a decent game alongside Koscielny.
It was hard to judge Lucas’ performance as the service to him throughout the game was not very good with OX and Walcott having below par performances yet again but he worked very hard and was involved with Koscielny’s goal by keeping the ball alive in their box.
Afterwards, the manager said: “It’s a relief. When you lose your first home game, you cannot afford to drop points in the second home game because it creates a little bit of anxiety at home and that’s not what we really want. In the second half I felt we dominated well again and created many dangerous situations but couldn’t score.”
Cech 7, Bellerin 6.5, Koscielny 8.5, Mustafi 7, Monreal 7, Cazorla 8, Coquelin 6, Walcott (75) 6, Ozil 7, Oxlade-Chamberlain (62) 5.5, Lucas (62) 6
Substitutes: Ospina, Holding, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi (75) 6, Alexis (62) 7, Giroud (62) 6.5