Positive #3: Unbeaten heading into international break
We would all obviously prefer to be sitting on par with Manchester City at this stage having won four from four so far this season, and we perhaps should be, but, given the fact that our performances have been some distance short of our very best, heading into the first international break with ten points from a possible 12 is certainly a positive.
Securing the three points against Erik ten Hag’s side was critical after we stumbled against Fulham. If we were to have lost this fixture, Pep Guardiola’s City would have been five points ahead of us already.
As it stands though, that gap is just two points and the players can enter the break feeling revitalised and confident ahead of what is going to be a very long, but exciting season for us all.
Negative #3: Thomas Partey injury
The injury was sustained in training rather than in the match, but nevertheless, Thomas Partey is sidelined once again and that is a huge blow for us as a squad.
Speaking after the game, Arteta said this regarding the Ghanian’s injury availability:
"“I don’t know, unfortunately he got an injury in training and it doesn’t look good, we need some more tests, we believe he’s going to be out for weeks. We think it’s a groin but can be something in between. “"
He is an incredibly important player for us and in his absence, we will undoubtedly become a weaker side. For both his sake and the team as a whole, we are wishing you a quick recovery Partey.