Arsenal 5 Burnley 0

If only it was Arsene Wenger’s last home game every game.

There was so much to like about yesterday’s performance. Calum Chambers was so solid at the back, forming a strong partnership of Mavropanos and re-kindling memories of Laurent Koscielny in his heyday (sob, get well soon). Xhaka’s passing and movement was so crisp and quick, a far cry from the sluggishness we’ve seen all season. Alex Iwobi was incisive and finally decided to show all of us that he knew how to finish.

I liked Aubameyang’s performance in particular. He zipped about with such energy and endeavour, helping out in both defense and attack. I especially liked how he was almost always the first to congratulate teammates who had scored a goal.

Pardon me for saying this, but it almost felt as if many the players realised that they actually wanted to play good football, as if they had finally registered they were playing in the Premier League and not a Sunday League. This was the best Arsenal performance I have seen in a long while. If we could only see this kind of effort week in, week out, I suspect we would be much further up the table. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come in future seasons, although I suspect a new manager would shake up much of the team.

 

There was a small part of me that said, “Wenger’s still got it, we should keep him”, but perhaps that is just my heart’s secret longing. Up in my head I know that him leaving would be best for both him and the club. There will surely be a post to follow about Arsene Wenger’s departure, but let me just say that Arsene Wenger is the only Arsenal manager I have ever known. I will be sad to see him go.

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