It was another great team performance from Arsenal, especially in the first half, as we tore Basel apart in the Champions League, with notable attacking contributions from Cazorla, Iwobi, Bellerin, Ozil and Alexis Sanchez along with another great defensive display from Mustafi and Koscielny but the Man of the Match has to go to Theo Walcott for his two goals as well as his scintillating all-round performance.
A brilliant first half saw Arsenal win this home Champions Leagure game against Basel by 2-0 with both goals from Walcott in the first half. We had a host of chances and some very good ones. We could and probably should have scored a lot more but it was still an imprerssive showing and a good win for Arsenal.
This was almost the perfect way for Arsenal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger taking over as our manager. It was a brilliant perfoirmance from the players in the sort of style that has become trademark of Arsenal in the Wenger era. Three good goals and a clean sheet to boot to stick two fingers up to all the critics in the football media.
We do not yet know if the Arsenal and France international forward Olivier Giroud will be fit enough to start the Premier League clash with Chelsea this weekend, if you even believe that it is this mystery toe problem keeping him out of the side in the first place.
After Arsene Wenger finally got the Arsenal chequebook out and spent something like the sort of money we have been hoping he would for years during this summer´s transfer window, Arsenal fans have been a little disappointed and frustrated that we have not seen more of two of those big signings so far this season.
Alexis Sanchez is believed to be a target for Manchester City in January, and having failed to agree terms with Arsenal over a new contract, may be able to force his own exit.
The Chilean is claimed to be a target for the Gunners’ rivals Man City, who are managed by the player’s former boss Pep Guardiola currently.
After Arsenal had doubled the lead early in the second half and with Hull City down to 10 men the Gunners were on easy street but a Snodgrass penalty conceded by Cech with around 15 minutes left put the result into doubt, until Alexis Sanchez kept a cool head to smash a third after Walcott’s shot was saved. The points were safe but there was still time for Granit Xhaka to put the icing on the cake with a long range screamer.
I guess you could see this last week as a positive one for Arsenal. The results have certainly been respectable, with a win over Southampton in the Premier League followed by a potentially vital draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in Europe thanks to a late strike from Alexis Sanchez and some inspired keeping from David Ospina.