It is lovely to watch the Arsenal live without being on the edge for the last 20 minutes or so. Not only it helps my aging heart, it also gives the manager opportunity to rotate players wisely which could be vital for the later stages of the season.
Arsene Wenger had already made four changes from the team that beat Swansea with David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in at the expense of Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka genius.it/ and Alex Iwobi. He was also able to use all three subs when the game was safe at 4-0.
It was a very clever move by the boss to take off on form Walcott on the hour mark. As he was walking out of the pitch the look on his face said ‘the boss is resting me for the next game’ rather than ‘oh god, me again’ which should raise his confidence to even higher level. And I like what I see from a confident Walcott.
His contribution along with the great understanding developing nicely between our World class players this might be the season to launch a very serious title challenge. The team has strength in depth (when was the last time we were able to write that!), good mixture of youth and experience, 2 very good Goal keepers (when was the last time we were able to say that!) as Ospina proved tonight with a couple of vital saves early in the game and most importantly the players look like they are getting on really well with each other.
Tonight was Arsenal manager’s 100th win in the Champions League, as it is mentioned in many tweets about Arsene Wenger on 888 sport social index. Long it may continue.
Arsenal: Ospina (8), Bellerin (7.5), Mustafi (7.5), Koscielny (7.5), Gibbs (7); Cazorla 58 (8), Coquelin (7); Walcott 61 (8), Ozil (9), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7.5); Sanchez 73 (8.5)
Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny 58 (7), Iwobi 73 (7), Lucas 61 (8)