The Gunners ended a string of poor performances with a battering five-nil victory over newly promoted Nottinghamshire Forrest at the Emirates.
Following their recent dismal drought, Arsenal were projected to win this game, and they did it with great gusto. Nottinghamshire Forrest and Jesse Lingard, in particular, were humbled by their insatiable desire. Here are five takeaways from Arsenal’s thrashing victory.
#1: Reiss Nelson is no dumb wit.
The Hale End product Reiss Nelson, who has been on many spells similar to Harry Potter, has spent far too many days on the sidelines waiting for his moment to shine. He was given some chances in Mikel’s early days, but he was unable to make a lasting impression other than scoring the game-winning goal against Liverpool in the 19/20 season. Following Saka’s knock, Mikel brought Nelson on, and Nelson seized with two goals and an assist. An incredible performance that would have given him the much-needed conviction, and he has hushed the skeptics who wanted him out. Well done, Reiss.
#2: Persistence with Tomiyasu on the left.
Arteta started right-back Tomiyasu on the left flank against Liverpool and hasn’t retrieved since. This is analogous to Manchester City playing Cancelo on the left back. Individual performances are far less significant than tactical considerations. Tomiyasu playing on the left would see him team up with the lone 6, Partey, to offer cover and keep the defense compact. Kieren isn’t as good as Tomiyasu in that area of defense. Kieren’s game is mostly reliant on crossing and switching between sides. Tomi starting provides him the opportunity to replace a defender in his usual position.
#3: Partey has been working on his finishing.
Every time he aligns himself to take a dig from distance, we as fans stop in a moment of silence as we realize we are about to lose another sandwich-eating fan from row Z as he often lands the ball anywhere but in goal. The net was staring at Thomas’ face from 23 yards away, and he said, “I’ll have some of that.” He scored his second goal this season and it was similar to his previous goal from over 20 yards. We are no longer living in 2021, y’all.
#4: Jesus’ recent form.
The summer’s biggest signing Gabriel Jesus has become increasingly reliant on the ball this season, and his recent run of play since his last goal is alarming. He hasn’t scored, but he has been involved in every opportunity and is by far the most reliable and consistent player on the team. He’s been experiencing some scoring woes recently, which could be a source of concern. He will undoubtedly make amends for the great player that he is. Eddie Nketiah is waiting in the wings if he doesn’t and the team starts losing. Make no mistake, he has 10 goal contributions in 12 games this season.
#5: Martinelli needs a new celebration.
Gabriel Martinelli is in desperate need of a new celebration. The Brazilian youngster has clearly been one of the most important performers this season, tallying 7 goals and assists in 12 games. We hereby request that Maghaelas give him new choreography as he has been knee-sliding every time. A player should have his own celebration as a trademark at some point, and maybe we’ll see him whirling on Hale End’s dancefloor. The bridge at Stamford.