After the shock of Arsenal losing to West Ham in the first Premier League game, the Gunners did well to bounce back with an away win over a determined and well drilled Crystal Palace side at the weekend. And the fact that we played a lot better at Selhurst Park is just as important with Premier League rivals Liverpool next up.
It is not quite a must win game for the Gunners at this early stage but with them, Man United and Man City all on maximum points so far, we could certainly do with all three so as to avoid letting a gap build between us. However, I do not think we need to be overly concerned about our next opponents as they have not exactly been brilliant.
One wonder goal from Coutinho in their opening game and one that should have been called offside against Bournemouth at Anfield on Monday has given them two wins but has not convinced many people of their title credentials. They still have a lot of work to do to become a fluent team and that is why I expect them to come to the Emirates on Monday with the intention to make the game tight and perhaps nick a winner, as Adam Lallana has suggested this week.
And that is why I feel that Mesut Ozil could be the key man for us. If he plays like he did last Sunday, with some amazing touches and tricks to go with his vision and awareness of what is going on around him, the German should be able to create enough chances for Arsenal to score goals. The big question is, though, which Ozil will turn up on Monday?