We might be the last of the big English clubs to drop down into the Europa League but we seem to be enjoying it just like the others did.
After three games in group H of the competition we currently stand in 1st place having won all of our games, leaving us five points ahead of both Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov.
Thanks to a couple of players last night, qualifying at the top of the group looks like a much more real possibility, especially with two of our next three group games being at The Emirates, but just who were the players that stood out?
Firstly, someone who most of us would’ve been made aware of last season due to his exploits for the academy, Reiss Nelson. Yet again, the 17 year old had a very sound game and treated the occasion just as any other without looking flustered on the right hand side.
He quite frankly put in a very-almost complete performance as defensively he made three blocks, three clearances and three interceptions, which shows just how good he is seeing that he is first and foremost an attacking player.
Going forward he also impressed as he completed five take ons down the right as well as showing he can be composed as he played more passes than any Arsenal player with 76 (88% accuracy) and even managed to get a couple of shots off. The only thing that was missing was a goal.
Another player that helped change our fortunes was Olivier Giroud. No stranger to the spectacular, the Frenchman pulled off yet another beauty to help bring all three points back to London. His overhead kick, which nestled in the top corner was amazing and even though he was the scorer, there was one player who shone a bit more brightly than him last night.
Jack Wilshere. What a time it is to have him back in and around the team. After God knows how long we finally have that one midfielder back that is so valuable to us. Probably not 100% ready for the Premier League just yet, it’s only a matter of time before we see him in action on the weekend again.
In his fourth game of the season, Wilshere left his mark on yet another Europa League game with a man of the match performance. Last time out it was BATE Borisov, but this time against Red Star Belgrade, he was still able to show why he is considered to be that level above as he had a typical Wilshere performance, completing five take ons as well as creating a few chances.
His best moment of the game though came late on when he received a pass off Nelson in midfield before leaving three players for dead with a magical turn before trading passes and flicks with Theo Walcott who put the ball into Giroud’s path for him to do the rest.
It really has been an encouraging start to the season for Wilshere, and with this being World Cup year, why can’t he get himself on the plane to Russia as if he keeps going like this, there’s no doubt that he’ll be a Premier League regular before long.