What a difference a week makes.
Last weekend, Aubameyang missed a last minute penalty which would have given us a momentous North London derby win ahead of a red card to Torreira to finish off a frustrating day at Wembley. We then went to Rennes and lost 3-1 in France leaving our confidence in tatters.
Meanwhile, United went to Paris and turned around a two goal deficit to knock out PSG of the Champions League to extend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning start at United. This set up the game perfectly for Sunday, with their amazing away run, and our amazing home run set to break one way or another.
Luckily for us, it was our squad who came out on top, despite having a day less to prepare, with a 2-0 win at a canter.
Granit Xhaka scored a first half screamer, reminiscent of his early days at Arsenal where everything seemed to fly in the top corner. United went close on several occasions, Leno equal to most attempts, the woodwork also playing its part in keeping the Reds at bay and our lead intact at the break.
Aubameyang buried last weekends NLD hoodoo and bravely stepped up and put away his penalty after Lacazette was upended in the box in the second half. A great game from Maitland-Niles, Leno, Ozil(!), Ramsey, Koscielny, Sokratis, pretty much everyone meant we made it look easy holding on for another great home win.
With Spurs losing again (stop it!) meaning the North London title challengers have now won just one point from 12, which would have been ZERO had Auba put the penalty away, Chelsea drawing, and United losing (obviously) things are definitely looking more rosy in Emery’s Arsenal garden.
We don’t play in the League now until the end of the month and we have a mountain to climb on Thursday as we attempt to turn around the 3-1 deficit from last week. Fingers crossed we can get a win at home to book our quarter final place ahead of yet another pointless international break.