Monday 2 November 2015

Campbell impresses

After the Sheffield Wednesday performance, we could be forgiven for writing off Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican had a poor game, like the rest of his team-mates on that occasion.

However, Campbell put that behind him against Swansea with a goal on his first league start and a performance that was largely impressive. It just goes to show how important it is to have reliable team-mates around you.

Campbell's work ethic is unquestionable, which may be why he got a second chance. Plus the size of the squad and the latest injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott forced Arsene Wenger's hand somewhat.

The latter point about having no choice was made obvious when Wenger replaced man-of-the-match Mesut Ozil with Alex Iwobi, who was 'not ready' to play first-team football just days before (to use the manager's words).

Anyway, after the cup debacle, no one could complain about this Arsenal performance. Yes, the Gunners rode their luck at times, with Per Mertesacker getting away with being 'brittle', according to former Gunner John Hartson, and a handball in the penalty area. At the other end, it helped only having Fabianski to beat, who inexplicably dropped the ball in front of Koscielny for the second goal.

Overall though, Arsenal are beginning to look like title contenders in what is shaping up to be a tight league.

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