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.
The Swiss international Granit Xhaka will have to wait a little longer for his next start in the Premier League, even though many Arsenal fans and football pundits thought his very impressive performance away to Nottingham Forest in the EFL cup this week would have convinced Arsene Wenger to start his expensive summer transfer.
If Arsenal were to have a fully fit Aaron Ramsey, the question for me is would he even be a regular starter for the first team? If it was the central midfielder we saw giving his all and playing very well for his country Wales at Euro 2016 and earning himself a place in the team of the tournament then the answer would probably be yes.
One of the big questions on the lips of Arsenal fans before the Premier League win over Hull City this weekend was whether Arsene Wenger would hand the big money summer signing Granit Xhaka his third start of the season or leave him on the bench for the third match in a row.
Arsene Wenger chose to leave Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud on the bench thinking, I believe, of the trip to PSG on Tuesday and assuming that we would still beat Southampton. That complacency was evident on the pitch as well and we nearly paid for it but were saved by the award of an injury time penalty that Cazorla scored to give us the points.
It is one of those balancing acts in football and something of a paradox that Arsenal and just about every other big club has to cope with every season, but hopefully this season Arsene Wenger has got the balance just right between having a talented squad with strength in depth and keeping the players reasonably happy with the chances they are getting on the pitch.
With all of the first round of international games now done and dusted, Arsenal can get back to business and our season really starts to hot up, with our first domestic cup action coming up along with the Champions League group stages and the Premier League to consider.
Arsenal fans will feel a whole lot better about life as we head into the first international break with a win under our belts. Despite a slightly edgy second half to the game after Watford scored, it was a much more Arsenal-like performance with the players looking sharper, and the returning Ozil and Cazorla adding real class. But it was the brilliant and industrious Alexis Sanchez who stole the show and got my vote as our Man of the Match.