It seems like a long time since we took the field against Leicester City, had an outstanding 20 minutes then lived dangerously for the rest of the match.
Today we’re back in action at The Emirates against Watford.
If we win we’ll go to joint fourth in the table (on points) for a short while at least. Technically we’ll be fifth because our goal difference is currently 10 adrift of the fourth placed team, West Ham.
The Hammers play Liverpool later today and a draw or victory for them in that game (neither of which is out of the question given how well they have been playing) would keep them above us on points as well as goal difference.
But it’s all irrelevant if we don’t do the business against Watford in the 2pm kick-off.
There should be no shortage of confidence in our squad and today is a great opportunity to build on the momentum we have gained since the opening three games of the season.
The only injury issues appear to be Xhaka (still recovering from his serious knee injury) and Tierney, who is a doubt with an ankle problem. Tavares has been doing well enough when he has had to stand in for Tesco that the Scotsman’s absence is not the worry it used to be.
Watford have had a bumpy start to the season and have conceded 18 goals so far (in 10 games) so you have to fancy our chances of putting at least a couple past them.
However, as we know only too well, there are no easy games in the Premier League and if we take anything for granted we could easily come unstuck.
Fortunately the commitment and focus the players have been displaying recently bodes well and it would be nice to think that this could be the sort of game where we’re in the driving seat with half an hour to go, giving us the opportunity to let some back-up players have a run out.
The main selection issues surround the question of who will partner Partey in central midfield and who gets the nod at the attacking end of things (particularly at Number 10, where it could be any one of Lacazette, Smith Rowe or Odegaard).
I expect this line-up from El Patron:
Tomayisu – White – Gabriel – Tavares
Lokonga – Partey
Saka – Aubameyang – Smith Rowe
Come on you Gunners!