A lot of Arsenal fans have been critical of Arsene Wenger for the way the Frenchman always sticks up for his players and refuses to criticise them even when it is blatantly obvious to everyone that they have just had a shocker and cost the team badly.
It is pretty hard for an Arsenal fan to find any little scraps of positivity from the news that Danny Welbeck was not recovering properly from his injury and has had to have surgery to fix his knee problem, but as the international break is underway, there may be some good news for us from the England camp.
I could have given a few Arsenal players the Man of the Match award for yesterday´s hard fought win at Newcastle, with Cazorla´s probing and patient passing as well as Oxlade-Chamberlain´s direct approach and shot for the goal being key factors, but for me the anchoring presence of Coquelin in midfield and his ability to keep the ball and his cool amid concerted pressure was brilliant.
Did someone recently suggest that Arsenal had waved goodbye to the injury problems that had been causing Arsene Wenger so many problems in the last few years? Well Mesut Ozil is the latest Gunner to have to miss a game this season, due to a knee problem, and it is starting to look like nothing has changed.
That is now the first two home Premier League games that Arsenal have failed to score a goal, although the world and his wife knows that the referee robbed Aaron Ramsey with the awful offside decision against Liverpool. Still, for the whole of the first game and a large portion of the second we did not look like our usual creative selves.
Aaron Ramsey may have been one of the Arsenal players, and there were quite a few of them, that had a nightmare in that first Premier League game against West Ham, when he did a bit of a headless chicken act. At least that showed the Wales international was trying his best to make things happen though I suppose.
I guess the Arsenal manager really does believe all his talk about the cohesion and stability of a team being all important, because Arsene Wenger has, stubbornly some might say, stuck largely with the same starting line up that was so poor as we lost to West Ham last Sunday.
I am not saying that the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez is nailed on to have a second season with his new club that is as good or even better than his debut campaign in the Premier League, but I do think that it is very doubtful that his standards will slip that much.