Once again Arsenal fans were shown just how vital it is for us to have players of the quality of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at the club as they ran the show and helped the Gunners to a first Champions League group win since 2011.
It would be just about typical of the way things go for Arsenal in the Champions League if we were to rest all of the key players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for the final group game away to Basel, only for PSG to mess up and fail to win at home to Ludogorets Razgrad.
This was an emphatic and ultimately comfortable 5-1 away win for Arsenal against West Ham that gets the confidence flowing nicely again and keeps us right in the hunt for the Premier League title. It did not always look that way though as even though the Gunners dominated the game we were not clinical and only went in to halftime with a single goal.
I was quite surprised this week to see the chances of Arsenal winning the Premier League title this season dismissed by the Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard, especially as we are currently sitting just three points behind the league leaders after a tough run of games and as we put his team to the sword in swashbuckling style not too long ago.
The decision by Arsene Wenger to start the France international striker Olivier Giroud for Arsenalñ against PSG this week may not have worked out, but I think that the big man will be in the starting line up again this weekend when Arsenal play host to Eddie Howe´s Bournemouth side.
One of the big decisions for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal prepared for this evening’s potentially decisive Champions League group game against PSG was what to do about his forward line. Despite the fact that Alexis Sanchez has been doing well in the new role of centre forward it was getting increasingly hard to ignore the claims of Olivier Giroud.
The French international centre forward should certainly be in the good books of Arsene Wenger at the moment, after Olivier Giroud came to the rescue off the bench once again at the weekend with a brilliant late header to earn a point at Manchester United that did not look likely as the end of the match approached.
The next few weeks and months will be a crucial time for Arsenal in the transfer market which could have a big say in the potential future success of the club. I do not mean the opening of the winter transfer window in January either, although that could also be important as we try to keep up the Premier League title challenge this season.