Well that was much better by Arsenal. We pressed them high and gave them little time. It almost payed off immediately but Laca was probably still cold when he got the chance. We then conceded a good set piece goal by Southampton and we had even more work to do. Two fine goals by Pepe and Saka turned things round, though. The Saints were still dangerous in the first half and they had a few half chances to equalise. But the second half was ours, and a fine move between Willian, Soares, Saka and Laca finished it all off beautifully. We will analyse the game in the next few days.
Leno: 8 – Good stops and great presence.
Soares: 8 – very committed game with fab passes and resolute defending. He has a really good physical balance when he plays. It is like having a new player!
Luiz: 7 – seemed tired towards the end, but a good battling performance.
Holding: 7.5 – solid and excellent reading of any danger, solid in the air and on the ground.
Bellerin: 7 – as always committed, just his final ball lacks either purpose or conviction, but a good team player to have.
Partey: 7.5 – still getting into things but solid in midfield and he adds that fighting spirit and footballing intelligence we have missed for so long.
Xhaka: 8 – extra half point for the assist. Solid performance especially in first half when he pushed up a lot.
Pepe: 8 – much better by Nicolas. He seemed so much more free and happy on the left. Great goal.
ESR: 7.5 – great, involved game with and without the ball. He is the glue of the team.
Saka: 8.5 – the Silk was a joy to watch. He is so on the ball. A goal and an assist. Shared MotM.
Laca: 8.5 – worked hard, made things happen and a great goal and assist. Happy Days! Shared MotM.
Subs: Not long enough on the pitch to pass judgement. But they did OK.