Arsenal picked up the pieces from Monaco’s visit to forge ahead in the Premier League race. A goal in each half from Olivier Giroud and substitute Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-0 win to stay in third.

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1. One Goal, One Relief for Giroud

The missed chances against Monaco may still haunt the French striker but he converted Ozil’s corner to put the Gunners ahead. He sure hasn’t shaken off that ability to miss but a goal is such a tonic that brings a level of inner peace to the scorer. Hopefully this goal will spur him up to grab a hattrick *spills coke over my keyboard* in Monaco. He grabbed a late equalizer earlier on in the season after which he was away due to an injury he sustained late on in the game. The Toffees will be weary of Olivier Giroud but Giroud must overcome his wasted chances. For now, let him enjoy the relief just as he grieved after Monaco. He went one further by damaging Coquelin’s nose.

2. Two Assist, One Ozil.

How Ozil stays up till the end of 90 minutes is becoming a mystery only him and Wenger can reveal. The German who recently returned from injury had a poor game against Monaco but rose hope today to grab two assists to his name to bring his League tally to 5. His corner kick was converted by Giroud for the first goal. His second assist showed how wide his vision is and how eagle eyed he is. Picking out Tomas Rosicky from afar was great. Hopefully, he would grab more assists and goals before the season runs off.

3. A Clean Sheet Finally

The last time Arsenal kept a clean sheet in the League was the 5-0 drubbing of Aston Villa on the first day of February. Arsenal were shaky but held on as a team to keep Ospina’s sheet clean. I had expected Ospina to be dropped for Szczesny but Wenger kept his faith with the Colombian, and he sure was repaid with saves that kept Arsenal alive.

Gabriel came in for Metersacker after the latter’s awful display in the Champions league. Gabby-no-joy made just one notable error but Ospina cleaned up for him. He went on to make life miserable for Lukaku and Everton. Will he continue to keep Metersacker on the bench?

4. Four Points Behind

Manchester City lost 2-1 at Anfield which meant Arsenal’s win over the Toffees reduced the gap between City and Arsenal to just 4 points with 11 games to play. Manchester United are a point away from Arsenal, with Liverpool a further 2 points behind. Chelsea had Capital One cup glory to savor after defeating Spurs 2-0 to lift their first trophy of the season. The gunners are 9 points away from Cheslea’s 60 points albeit the Blues have a game in hand. If the gunners continue their premier League form, they may usurp City from the 2nd spot and even Chelsea, if Mourinho falters.

5. Tomas Rosicky.

I am always excited whenever Tomas Rosicky scores for Arsenal. It is always emotional and his celebration is just energized. Can you dislike this Czech?

But has anyone seen Alexis Sanchez? Hopefully Coquelin is back without a nose surgery.