3-0. Three points on the board, three different scorers, a clean sheet.
Hopefully, this means we’ve got our mojo back. Without disrespect to West Ham, they didn’t pose too many threats to Emiliano Martinez’s goal (who hasn’t played in the Premier League for three years), but the Argentinian did make a couple of tidy saves from Lanzini when called upon.
Mustafi also built on his performance from Sunday against Man City. Shkodran was dominated aerially and nullified any threat that Andy Carroll was supposed to pose. West Ham really didn’t provide him enough service to test us tonight. Carroll is a good striker, and not just aerially, but English press don’t seem to pick up on that.
Attacking-wise, Özil, Alexis, Walcott and Welbeck seem to be synchronising effectively. On Sunday, we struggled across the team in piecing three-four passing moves together as we progressed up the pitch, and therefore lacked rhythm.
This was different tonight, as we played ourselves out of compact areas with swift one-and-two touch pass and moves.
Elneny started ahead of Coquelin, and that axis with Granit Xhaka seemed much more confident in all aspects of central midfield play. Elneny seems to offer us a calming influence in there, as he picks the ball up deeper, allowing Xhaka freedom to find positions slightly higher before feeding passes between the lines to our attackers. And some of those passes tonight were sublime.
I’ve often criticised Theo Walcott’s general contribution to the team. However, tonight he worked hard off -the-ball and contributed to Özil’s opener. Theo pressurised West Ham’s defenders after his cross was cut out, forcing the ball to fall to Bellerin, whose attempted cross was only cleared to Özil before the German bent a precise effort low to Randolph’s right.
Then, he took up a great position centrally in the box, and after Alexis’ lush little flick to Özil just wide left of the box, the German fed a sumptuous ball across which Theo fired home with great composure. That’s his 19th goal in 32 appearances this season.
Let’s hope we continue to see more of this fired-up Theo. Mesut too is clearly finding form again after a dip and then injuries before the international break. Mesut regularly gets criticised for his body language, and perceived lack of effort, but made effective runs from deep, created space for his team mates and bagged a goal and an assist too.
Tell me the guy doesn’t care…
FT: ARSENAL 3-0 WEST HAM Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud score the 3 vintage Arsenal goals. Fairly poor first half, but shows our class again in the second. Good professional performance from the lads, who was your MOTM? Have your say in the comments down below! 🔴🔥 #afc #arsenal #coyg #mesutozil #alexissanchez
Palace away on Monday night, so let’s keep the momentum going!