Glass half full
ARSENAL 4 LEICESTER 3
AND so began my 28th season as an Arsenal fan (29 if you include the last six or so matches of 88-89 – a decent time time to join you might say).
I felt glass-half full after this. Granted, we were pretty woeful at the back. But I’d expect nothing less with the players we had there and the reason for my optimism is that before too long that back three should look a lot more convincing. That isn’t to say we’ll break any defensive records but logic would suggest things will be better than this.
In midfield and attack I thought there was a fair deal to admire. Firstly, we played some really lovely stuff and scored some really good goals. But as much as that, there was also evidence of player improvement. Oxlade may have had greater games but I’ve never seen him look such a plausible starter if that makes any sense. And while Xhaka’s game was by no means perfect, it was so much more disciplined than a year ago. He even managed to make his late foul to stop a potential Leicester break look less bad than it actually was. Which makes a welcome change from last year’s almost unique ability to make his fouls appear worse than they actually were.
I thought Lacazette looked very plausible and I noticed that Ramsey looked very, very focused when he came on. And among the substitutes there were options aplenty. We should, if nothing else, be a decent watch. Hopefully we’ll be a lot more.