That was an impressive performance by the Gunners. I will however reserve my superlatives for Ozil & Cazorla. Those two were immense.
I am happy (though not as happy as most) that we won in such a comfortable and dominant manner. We were dominant in possession and that is something I haven’t seen in a very long while. The reason I am not in that ecstatic bubble is because we are finally beginning to play like we should, although we aren’t there yet. Far from it.
I am going to put down some bold claims that will help you understand my reservations. For me, Arsenal have a team almost as good (if not equal) to the Invincibles, man to man. Our midfield especially has so much talent that it truly disappoints me (in recent games) how easily we lose the ball & how we struggle to retain possession. With players like Santi, Ozil, TR7 & Alexis in the team, we should be able to outplay even the Chelseas of this world, week in week out. Yet even the lesser teams such as Leicester have managed to disrupt our game play.
Another thing is the fact is that we do not create & convert as many chances as we should. The evidence lies in the number of goals Theo has scored since his return. Theo’s strengths lie in his movement & finishing and that is why he has scored 3 in 3 since his return despite his lack of match fitness. That said, Arsenal should score many more goals than they have been. Again, with the kind of midfield we have, players like Giroud, Ox, Welbeck should be well into their double figures.
On Sunday we saw why I feel this way. Not only did we dominate, but we created chance after chance after chance. That is the Arsenal I want to see. With the kind of talent we have winning a game 2-0 should be considered a mild display. Teams should be hanging on for dear life when they play against us. I know that having so many top players in the same team requires a period to gel & understand each other, so consider this my impatience talking.
I know that this Arsenal we are seeing is performing at 55%, and once they have a season together under their belt, massacre of our opponents will be our daily bread.
To conclude this post, i have to praise Mesut Ozil. He is repaying his price tag and then some. Let’s just say that Alexis Sanchez has raised the bar, a bar which Ozil has been reaching out for since his return. Lord knows I can’t wait for the team to start performing at optimum levels.