Six was the magic number this weekend, and Arsenal picked up their first win of the season by scoring that amount of goals. It was an impressive performance against Blackpool and there were plenty of positives to take from the game, even if the standard of opposition was not top class. So just what have we learnt from Arsenal this weekend?
1. Walcott can be deadly
We’ve all seen Theo Walcott’s ability, England fans can point to his hat-trick against Croatia whilst he has shone for Arsenal on occasion. In the weekends’ game Walcott looked excellent, giving one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt, and grabbing his first Premier League treble into the bargain. Walcott looked electric and was lethal in front of goal. His third goal especially displayed all his best talents, as he jinked into the box past a number of players and clinically buried a finish. Walcott was also a creative presence, his final ball is often criticised but in this match it was good. He will of course face tougher opponents, but if Walcott can maintain this form he will be a real asset for Arsenal and England.
2. Chamakh can provide an aerial threat
Although Marouane Chamakh was guilty of spurning a number of chances with his feet, including what seemed an unmissable open goal, the Moroccan displayed the aerial threat that was so evident during his time at Bordeaux. In last seasons Champions League, Chamakh netted a multitude of headed goals, and he put away a header this weekend to get off the mark for Arsenal. This is something Arsenal have lacked in recent years, Bendtner can be effective in the air but he is inconsistent, Chamakh however, looks to have abundant talent in this area and he will be a useful weapon for Arsenal this season.
3. Rosicky was excellent again
Tomas Rosicky excelled when he came on against Liverpool in the opening game of the season, and starting against Blackpool he looked quality again. The standard of opposition should of course be taken into consideration, but Rosicky was a constant thorn in Blackpool’s side and helped Arsenal boss the midfield. If he can maintain this form and avoid the injuries that have so far plagued his Arsenal career, Rosicky could be a great player for the Gunners this season.
4. Squillaci is set to sign
It had been rumoured for much of last week and now it appears that Sevilla’s Sebastien Squillaci is on the verge of a move to the Gunners. A transfer has been agreed and a medical today will confirm the move. Squillaci will join the large cast of Francophones at the club and provides the cover in central defence that is essential if Arsenal are to mount a strong challenge this season. The experienced centre-back will cost around £6.5 million, and he should be a strong defender for Arsenal.
5. Will a goalkeeper be brought in?
It remains a mystery as to whether a new goalkeeper will be brought in before the transfer deadline closes. Shay Given, Maarten Stekelenburg and Mark Schwarzer have all been linked, with the Australian seeming the most likely signing. Fulham and Mark Hughes are standing strong though and for now the transfer seems to have stalled. Shay Given would be the best option but Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping that almost any keeper is brought in before they are stuck with Almunia for another season.