Arsenal recorded their third consecutive win in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland. New Arsenal man Mesut Ozil was given his first start while Flamini also made his first start since returning from AC Milan. Here are some thoughts on the match.
Ozil Looks Like a Very Good Player- The first place to start off with is of course Arsenal’s new signing Mesut Ozil. When you pay £42m for a player, you expect high quality, and that’s exactly what we got yesterday. Ozil showed his class on a number of occasions yesterday, including making a good assist after ten minutes for Giroud to open up the scoring. He was impressive throughout the whole first half, and could have easily recorded 4 assists yesterday had Walcott been a better finisher. Very encouraging signs by the German, especially considering he had been sick and unable to train.
Giroud is Actually a Good Player- I have been against Giroud ever since his miss against Sunderland last season. But let me tell you something, he is a completely different player this season, almost Van Persie like. Many Arsenal fans, including myself, have been calling out for a world class striker, and this has apparently gotten to Giroud’s head. He has been on an incredible scoring run since preseason, and now he is one of our most important players. Imagine what would happen if he gets injured. Who would come in? Sanogo, Bendtner, Akpom? Things aren’t looking good on the Arsenal striker front depth wise.
Ramsey is a Amazing- How does a player go from being a Denilson to a Fabregas over a couple of months? That’s exactly what happened to Aaron Ramsey. Last season, I would have sold him in a heartbeat. His passing wasn’t very good, he couldn’t finish, and he wasn’t a very good dribbler. This season, he has shown that he can pass, shoot, and dribble. He has already scored five goals this season, a pretty remarkable feet considering he only got two in the whole of last season. If he can continue to improve, I have no doubts in my mind that he can become one of the best midfielders in the league.
The Squad Lacks Depth- This is an important one. If we are going to actually mount a real title challenge we are going to have to give players rests and rotate the squad occasionally. Unfortunately for us, the players that we have below our first team starters are young and inexperienced. Just look at yesterday’s bench; we had Frimpong, Ryo, Gnabry, and Akpom all their. I haven’t seen Frimpong play in over a year and for good reason, he is utter crap. Ryo is another that I haven’t seen play in the first team, so I have no idea what’s up with him. Gnabry looks decent from what I’ve seen of him so far, while I have high hopes for Akpom after seeing him impress so much in preseason. However, all of these players are not good enough replacements for our first team starters. Maybe in a few seasons, but right now, we are seriously lacking in some positions.