Tuesday night’s 3-1 win against Chelsea was a much needed return to winning ways for Arsenal, and there were plenty of positive signs on show.
Here are the five things we learnt from the performance:
- Kiwior could have been introduced earlier
Much of the doubt came from Kiwior being a left footed defender, however on Tuesday night, he looked at ease on the ball, and enabled Arsenal to play an extremely high line once again.
It was a stark contrast to his appearances at Sporting and Anfield, as he did everything that was asked of him and give Arsenal the control that they have lacked with Rob Holding on the pitch.
Arteta’s decision not to play him against City was valid, as Haaland could have destroyed him, but there is a strong argument that he should have come in for the Southampton game after Holding had such a big impact on our build up.
- Jorginho’s experience should be used more
Jorginho was bought for his control and experience. He’s not a project signing, but a player than was bought for short term impact, and Arteta needs to use that more.
That’s not saying he needs to keep Thomas Partey out of the team, but he needs to be used either off the bench or in a double pivot from the start in games where we need to control the game.
Whilst his lack of physical presence can be exposed, his ability to continuously move the ball and add composure to the build up is something that we’ve lacked in recent weeks.
- People overreacted to Jesus’ two game drop off
At the beginning of the season, Gabriel Jesus was Arsenal’s best player, and fans went into meltdown when he got injured. Upon his return, he was electric, and was once again a hero amongst fans.
After a two game dip, fans were writing him off, with many saying that they could see why City sold him, however those overreactions were typically premature.
After such a long time out, a dip was to be expected, and he bounced back quickly against Chelsea, and added his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
- Odegaard is sensational
After the City game, Odegaard received a lot of criticism, with many saying he disappears in big games, but the reality was that everyone was bad.
Against Chelsea, Odegaard was very much the leader, and made it four goals in four games to take his total to 14 goals in the Premier League this season.
Like with Jesus, it’s time to stop writing off players and start backing them, especially when you think about their achievements this season.
- Trossard has to play
Since joining in January, Trossard has provided eight assists and a goal, and become a firm fan favourite, and he delivered again against Chelsea.
His technical ability, intelligence and creativity gives Arsenal a different option to anything else they have in the squad, and when he has played, we have won games.
It doesn’t matter who he comes in for, he simply has to play.
Newcastle will be a very different prospect on Sunday, but you can only beat the team in front of you, and thankfully for Arsenal, it was a Chelsea side completely devoid of organization.
Written by: Adam Keys (adamkeys_)