The clear and obvious priority for Arsenal this season is to fight for the Premier League title, with a decent run in the Champions League a close second, which would be greatly helped by finally finishing on top of our European group.
If it had not been for the sixth Arsenal goal against Ludogorets last night then it would have been Alexis Sanchez who was my pick for the Man of the Match, as the Chilean was brilliant throughout and score the best goal of the night to set us on our way to victory, but I cannot give it to anyone but Mesut Ozil after his first professional hat-trick to cap a great game from the German.
Arsene Wenger had been preparing the Arsenal players for a tough test against Ludogorets and it was just as well, as the visitors started well and could have caught us out if we had not been ready for them. We had already seen a couple of big defensive moves from Koscielny and Cazorla in the early stages so it was a reliefg when we got an early opener.
This was a very comfortable win for the Arsenal in the end, with lots of positives after Arsene Wenger made lots of changes and gave some crucial experience to young players like Maitland-Niles, Akpom, Holding and Martinez. And there was much needed maych time for the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel and the Ox as well
We know that the Football League cup is not the highest on the list of priorities for the Arsenal manager, at least until the later rounds when the chances of winning a trophy cannot be ignored, but Arsene Wenger will still want to get through our first game in the competition away to Nottingham Forest tonight.
The two new Arsenal players signed by Arsene Wenger at the end of the summer transfer window may have only trained with their new teammates for the first time today, as reported by the official Arsenal website, but there is a chance that both Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi could be thrown into action straight away when Arsenal host Southampton in the Premier League match on Saturday.
The Arsenal forward was the only one of the current Arsenal team included in the first England international squad selected by the new man in charge of the three lions. He did not start but will be pleased to have made an impact after Sam Allardyce brought him on for Raheem Sterling with 20 minutes to go.
Arsenal were made to pay the ultimate price for not making the most of a dominant first half performance, because Liverpool drew level on the stroke of halftime withg some help from a soft free kick from Referee Michael Oliver. The second half went badly wrong with three quick Liverpool goals. Arsenal hit back with two but ended up on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline.