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The score hardly matters in these games. What was good to see was Vermaelen already being in mid-season form, Vela looking very polished up front and Chamakh finding his way in those little triangles we run so often. The man that stood our for me early on was Jack Wilshere who looks first-team ready, although I’d still send him to Bolton so he can keep toughening up a little by playing some bruising football. It’s good to instill that in his head before he eventually comes into the Arsenal first-team.
I couldn’t really evaluate Laurent Koscielny because it’s too early to evaluate backs and he’s clearly still finding his positioning in the back four. It’s difficult for new backs to figure out their responsibilities, the comfort-zone of the other central defender, and the marking strategies. He was very aggressive in coming to the ball which is good, but as I said, it’s early days.
Our wing play looked solid all afternoon, we saw how critical Arshavin can be when he’s motivated and it’s downright scary to think how good our attack can be if he maintains his level of play, and if Vela and Wilshere continue to persist in attack. Nasri was great as usual but you can tell the wingers and Chamakh are still trying to find a wavelength.
Fabianski was OK, nothing great, probably in a poor position for the goal but that’s to be expected of him. He’s an average keeper at best and showed that.
All in all, a good day.