A short trip up to Watford yesterday saw the Gunners play some enticing football in the first half and go in at half time 3-0 to the good. In the second half, Watford changed tactics and had a better game…. scoring a consolation goal but not really putting our boys under too much pressure.
It was good to see Santi back in the team and showing some of his past good form, he linked up well with Ozil at times and it was a joy to watch. Alexis also had a good game and I’m not sure if his goal was a fluke or a beautiful chip into the net, Ozils goal came after some lovely football and he seemed to know exactly what Alexis was going to do and ran onto the cross to score our third with…. his head.
Xzaka fitted in nicely and was quietly affective with his passing…. even better to come from him as the season progresses. Holding was solid and showed his potential as a sound and confident CB…. he seemed to work well alongside Kos, who nearly got the first goal for the Hornets until Cech brilliantly saved.
The Ox and Theo both had poor games, although Theo could have quite easily have got onto the scoresheet. Nacho was often tested down the left flank and had a bit of a nightmare game against the Watford winger…. don’t remember his name but he tormented Monreal throughout the game until Nacho went off injured.
Wenger bizzarly chose his post match interview to announce the signings of Mustafi and Perez…. erhaps he wanted to get in quick before the dissenters voiced their views on the lack of signings?
It will be a shame for Holding to now lose his place to Mustafi after having some solid games covering for the BFG…… I hope he’s given further opportunities but if Mustafi is the better CB then Holding will be a good back-up.
Overall, a positive performance and I can envisage some tasty scorelines after the International break…. with Giroud coming back, Perez in place of the Ox or Theo and a solid back four keeping some clean sheets. What a fucking time to have an International break…. hope it doesn’t upset our rhythm after such an emphatic win.