Having been knocked out of both the FA Cup and Champions League in the same week, Arsenal visited Everton at Goodison Park entering a “must-win” territory.
Fortunately, Saturday turned out to be an impressive day for the Gunners after two first half goals from Danny Welbeck and 19-year-old Alex Iwobi ensured they secured a 2-0 victory at Everton.
And after the defeats to Watford and Barcelona, Saturday’s win is important for their Premier League title hopes. Here’s what we learnt from the positive Saturday afternoon for the Gunners.
Alex Iwobi is certainly one to watch for the future.
What a time to score your first senior goal – in the feverish atmosphere when your club is working hard to rekindle their title hopes.
Iwobi showed a solid temperament, good vision. Fine positional sense and accomplished technique, and netted his first senior goal for the Gunners in the first half of their Premier League clash with Everton.
The teenager was handed his first Premier League start after another precocious performance in midweek.
Never doubt a good striker.
Danny Welbeck is not only a prolific goal scorer, but also he can perform well when delivering his defense duties – he was seen sprinting back to help defend the team’s lead.
To be precise, having Welbeck in the squad is a massive benefit for Arsenal. He gives them more stability at the back when he’s chasing the ball down from the front, increased work rate, and also reflects just how much such a crucial result means to the team and they players, it looked like they, and especially Welbeck, wanted it more than ever, and that they believe they can still have a major impact on the title race, which boosts their chances massively.
Bellerin continues to get better.
In every Arsenal’s match, Hector Bellerin is always source of hope for the Gunners squad banked on his high work rate and his brilliant attacking and defending skills.
On Saturday, Bellerin leveled with Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas for league assist after playing brilliant pass for Alex Iwobi’s goal against Everton.
Arsenal’s injury concerns may be back to torment them.
Although Arsenal returned to winning on Saturday, the victory was marred by fears over goalkeeper David Ospina and key midfielder Mesut Ozil, who limped off with 15 minutes remaining of the match after picking up an ankle injury.
But according to latest reports, the Gunners are lucky, as although Ozil is likely to miss next week’s international games he is expected to be fit for the game against Watford on 2nd April.
“It’s ankle problem but it looks more a kick than a ligament problem,” said manager Arsene Wenger after the game.
Besides, there is better new concerning Ospina who needed treatment after a kick from Romelu Lukaku.
It has been confirmed that he will be fit after the international break.
Wenger is always lucky to prove a point.
Saturday’s results at Goodison Park has served as a great chance for Wenger to prove his doubter wrong.
No more words to explain this. He went to the extent to shake hands with fans. A clear way to win the battle with your enemies.
A now he is the manager who has won the great battle against managers.
To a better conclusion, Arsenal have now come back a better team. Their defensive line was much secure as Gabriel, Koscienly, Monreal and Bellerin remained composed during the untroubled afternoon.