Hull City 1-3 Arsenal
There I was with my worry beads, thinking this could have been been a mouldy old banana skin, and here I am now looking a little bit stupid.
Turns out the concentration was fine after all, and if anything, somewhat heightened. So much so that it was one of the more complete performances of the season. I wonâ€™t try to compare it with any other matches, mostly because I canâ€™t really remember very far back in any great detail, but have you seen a better display of passing than that? No Sir, I have jolly well not.
Orchestrating it all were three fleet-footed amigos in the shape of Ozil, Ramsey and Cazorla, the latter two in particular competing for the most outrageous defence splitter. Dead heat on that front if you ask me.
Both Ramsey and Cazorla were phenomenal, once again sinking my pre-match fears about a lack of width below the waterline. Pah, what do I know. Itâ€™s not like you come here for informed tactical and motivational insight. (Itâ€™s not like they come here at all – Ed).
Cazorla was magic again, and Iâ€™d hoik his future right up the agenda. There has been hearsay for a while about him leaving this summer (though Iâ€™m not sure where the rumours have come from) but right now heâ€™s a stick of fizzing dynamite and we should pull out all the stops to keep him. Who else would have him in Europe? Who wouldnâ€™t.
Jack Wilshere deserves a mention too for an excellent cameo. His direct running literally threw a real cat amongst the actual pigeons. Up for the challenge? We see you Jack, we see you.
Sanchez was brilliant, point-blank refusing to play at anything less than 100%, far better on the night than a strangely lacklustre Giroud. I thought at one point a month or so ago that Giroud would overtake Sanchez in the goalscoring charts, but I canâ€™t see it now. In the league – perhaps. But not overall and 24 goals is an excellent return.
So, great defending and dynamic attacking – with the added bonus being the chiming of the bells of St Totteringham. Whatâ€™s not to like.