By Tony Attwood
So we won the match, we won the possession, we won the corners and no one was caught offside. It was exciting and encouraging, and certainly, for me entering the ground there were no confrontations with over-aggressive stewards, which made it a perfect night. True there were lots of empty seats in the upper tiers that I could see from the front of the upper east, and whether these were people with tickets who chose not to come, or seats unsold, I don’t know. But the rest of us made up for it.
And this morning, although the Mirror headline writer can’t actually bring him or herself to say something positive about the performance (they lead with LEAPFROGGED: Arsenal beat West Ham to move above them into fourth as Arteta embraces life without Aubameyang), the Telegraph is not so churlish running “Arsenal young guns vindicate Mikel Arteta’s hard stance on a thrilling night in north London
I am not sure the first half was “thrilling” – although it was enjoyable, but Bukayo Saka was superb time and again and Gabriel Martinelli really looked like being the player we hoped he would become after we saw him for the first time following his rejection by Manchester United (which always makes me smile). Martin Odegaard was once more on form, and then when Smith Rowe came on, well, it made the team. What a master the young scamp surely is.
And of course I can read the table as well as anyone and know that the number of games played can be as important as the number of points, but even so, why not enjoy the fun when it arrives? The announcer at the ground always says “Football is back in N5”. And now we can add “Arsenal are back in fourth”.
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