Well that was rather good. Beautiful ,fast ,aggressive , organised football in the first half to open up a 2 goal lead, then controlled shape in the 2nd half to maintain the advantage. What a wonderful refreshing change to the way we have laboured for the bulk of the past 18 months.
The result was needed, but not half as much as the performance. That should give the players belief in Arteta and in turn give him the belief in the playes. Players that had been written off in the media and by many of our own fans, specifically Ozil, Xhaka, Torreira and Luiz, were absolutely brilliant.
I said that Mikel would struggle to find a balanced midfield, how wrong could I have been?
Lacazette, much maligned in recent week, although not at his best in front of goal, put in a shift and a half.
Ozil purred like the beautiful player he is, he was back to his best, again,
Torreira was everything we hoped he would be when we signed him and Xhaka will have upset a lot of people because he ran the midfield.
This my positive friends, was a great start to the new decade, the time of Arteta dawns.