Arsenal won again this week, keeping their undefeated run alive and staying on top of the table due to goal difference. While we managed to win I hope that the club takes a few important lessons from the game. The first is that while being able to out score the opposition 5 - 3 is all well and good, going down 3 - 1 is not. And while we might be able to pull ourselves back into a game like that against Middlesbrough while they're missing their two normal central defenders.
Again there were some bright spots on the day. We managed to win despite missing Patrick Vieira and Sol Campbell. When Campbell returns out back four will start to look a little less fragile and Vieira will also add some back bone to the defenders. Also good is that while Henry continues to show that his performance in Euro 2004 was not typical and that he's going to continue to dominate the Premiership, the Gunners have a few other players stepping up to twinkle the twine as they say in hockey.
Dennis Bergkamp is continuing to perform well and looks to be able to hold out for his last year. At 35 he is certainly one of the most senior members of the team, and if he can continue to avoid injury he should have a great season. He's been stand in Captain while Vieira has been out and it's really suited him.
Jose Antonio Reyes continues to score, showing that he's found his feet in England. Robert Pires has regained his form, and it looks like Arsenal could beat anyone in Europe right now.
The trouble is you can not go down by two goals to a side like Chelsea or Manchester United. The way that Chelsea have been playing, like Arsenal under George Graham, once they get a lead they hold onto it like nobody's business. It would be unfortunate if we had to claw back from being behind to them.
Elsewhere Chelsea and Man U both won, so we're level with Chelsea on points but ahead due to goal difference. So far, so good as they say.