Arsenal vs Stoke: 5 Things We MUST Learn From Victory Against Stoke.

Thirteen over thirteen. It’s form, not luck.
We may have a fear of stripes, and so fall apart at the Britannia but when Stoke come to London, we don’t give booze free to bullies.

That’s an old lesson, there were a few more new ones to learn.

We’d be lost without Him
Thierry and Robert won our hearts and rode us through a successful era more than a decade ago. Legends live legacies but they are not averse to see someone step into their shoes – and there can’t be any doubt that Alexis Sanchez is doing just that. There is no question about a possible involvement for him in our goals; the debate now is what type of goal will he score. Every week is a different delicacy and you’d wonder where we’d be this season if we were starved of such magnificient talent this season.

If we fix our defence…
As Wenger has rightly observed, we have little or no problems when it comes to scoring, defensive balance is the real challenge. We’ve scored three today and conceeded none. That’s two clean sheets, back-to-back. We will most likely score a couple when we meet City next week but can we keep the door bolted like we’ve done today?

Defensive Addition Now Compulsory
You kind of suspected that the excitement of having ONLY 5 players injured was a bit premature, and now the plague has bitten in the department where we can least afford. We’ve had need of a new centerkhalf and if Wenger had contemplated not getting one in the hope of using Debuchy as one of the make-shift options, his notes have just been blown by the wind. Chambers and Gibbs were not in the squad and if there’re serious concerns over them, we may need at least two additions. There’ve been talk about Reid and word is that he is decent enough to provide us with back up. The sooner, the better.

When Walcott Clicks
Alexis and Walcott in full flow is like watching Nico Rosberg pursuing Lewis Hamilton but better than the Mercedes tag team, they’ll be in tandem and not in competition, which is only a good thing. Your usual Walcott would have approached Begovic a little before doing a Henry but a striker’s game has a lot of dependence on confidence and it’ll take a few games to reach full tank. When it does, not team will want to play Arsenal.

Spin on Ospina
A first League game for the Colombian World Cup star and with a second successive clean sheet, you fear it may be a long hard time in the cold for Szczesny. City will pose a bigger test for him and he may want to sort out his one-catch handling too.

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