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 #3: Thomas Partey impresses

Thomas Partey
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When he came on against Manchester City, Partey looked to be one of our best players, and yesterday offered more of the same.

The midfielder started against Luton and, despite playing just 67 minutes, because he is still returning from injury, the Ghanaian was among our best players.

He controlled the midfield excellently and continued to remind people of his quality, which has often been forgotten about during his recent injury issues.

He has continually been linked with a move away from the Gunners this summer but, after the game, insisted that he is happy at the club: “My head is always here. This is where I choose to play, I'm really happy every time I'm on the field. 

“I know a lot of speculations, but for me, I'm really happy to be here and to continue playing for this club.”

Negative #3: Lack of killer instinct

Mikel Arteta, Leandro Trossard
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Given our total control and mass rotation, this is perhaps a trivial issue to suggest, but I have to have three negatives and it is a valid point for the most part.

At 2-0 up, the game was won, but in recent months we have seen Arsenal spare no mercy and obliterate sides by large margins.

While I am not suggesting that it would have been a walk in the park to do so here, it felt as though we could have added to our scoreline, if nothing else to further improve our goal difference.

As I say, it’s a trivial issue that probably doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but I do enjoy seeing us relentlessly go for goal, though the fitness of our squad would probably disagree.