Arsenal: Fine blend of youth and experience



Good Morning Positive fans,

Very little comment required from me on last night’s performance and a comprehensive victory. Emery chose an Arsenal team that reflected our already strong EL position in the group, as well as the December fixture list. Youth was paired with experience, silky skill with a couple of players with the harder edge, the seen-it-all expressions of Lichtsteiner and Cech alongside fresh faced Euro innocence of Medley, Gilmour and Saka.

And it worked perfectly, especially getting that first goal.  Our confidence rose, Smith Rowe put on a show in midfield, Aaron waved his baton, Mo patrolled the back line like a hungry hyena. Three goals up at half time ? Away from home ! It seems a while since that happened.

After a decent finish at the Emirates in September Poltova must have fancied their chances of making a good game of it, but they barely laid a glove on us. After that opening goal setback I thought our Ukrainian opponents rather lost the plot. Their discipline went.They bickered among themselves, argued incessantly with the officials about trivial calls, and forgot about playing football. I felt sorry for them with what was probably their biggest ever Euro home tie switched to the empty bowl in Kiev.


I shall give Carl the MotM award for the tie, not that he was outstanding on an evening where everyone was good, but as the PA equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

Friday beckons, as does Sunday.

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  1. After annoyingly getting it back to 2:2, pretty shocked by how poor Utd were 2nd half. Probably shouldn’t be, given how often they play badly, but it’s still quite a sight.

    I don’t think we’ll have the good fortune to have Matic centre back and Mctominay starting midweek, and I’d still be nervous even if they were, but this surely represents a good chance to beat Utd and maybe stick another dagger into Mourinho.

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  2. Here’s the latest update from our medical team ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

    Laurent Koscielny
    Right Achilles. Continues to complete his rehabilitation. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Sunday, December 2.

    Nacho Monreal
    Right hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Sunday, December 2.

    Dinos Mavropanos
    Groin injury. Expected to return to full training in December.

    Danny Welbeck
    Right ankle. Recovering after surgery.

    Copyright 2018 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

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  3. Does that mean Lacca is available? Certainly hope so

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  4. its a good job this new regime has good pr and good will from the fans, or the medics would be getting it in the neck, as Mavropanos was due back in october, then november and now in december

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  5. rumors that Ozil missed training today


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