3 positives & negatives as Arsenal go top with Luton Town win

• Smith Rowe shines

• Saka injury concern

• Squad depth on show

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Positive #2: Squad depth

Aaron Ramsdale
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With the personnel changes made by Arteta for the game, Arsenal’s incredible squad depth was thrust into the limelight.

Despite rotating, Arsenal’s starting lineup was far from weak, and it could be argued that the bench was even stronger with the likes of Declan Rice and Gabriel Martinelli among others on it.

Given Arsenal’s injury struggles last and earlier this season, this will come as a huge relief to supporters ahead of a very busy run-in, where the Gunners will play almost every three days.

Negative #2: Reiss Nelson disappoints

Reiss Nelson
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While I am not a fan of singling players out in a negative way, given the performance of Smith Rowe, it feels hard to ignore Nelson’s own output.

While one academy star took centre stage, it was a sadly unimpressive display from Nelson.

Most fans, myself included, were elated to see him given a chance to start, but he looked nervous and lethargic for much of the game, which left a poor impression among fans.

Despite being handed a new contract with the club just last summer, Nelson has continually been mentioned alongside a possible summer clear-out, and it is hard to see yesterday helping his chances of staying at the club.

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