3 positives and negatives from Arsenal's battling 2-1 win away to Nottingham Forest

• Another late goal conceded

• Excellent Emile Smith Rowe

• Passion, passion and more passion

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Positive #2: Emile Smith Rowe shows excellent signs

Neco Williams, Emile Smith Rowe
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It was terrific to see Smith Rowe handed just his second start of the Premier League season, and the 23-year-old seized the opportunity with both hands.

The 23-year-old played 71 minutes of the game and boasted an exceptional 93% passing accuracy, as well as making a key pass.

Having suffered from injuries and been made to settle for a pittance of minutes up until this point of the season, he was a real bright spark in the side and you can only presume that he will improve as he receives more consistent playing time.

At times, his position alongside Declan Rice in midfield gave us a glimpse of how we played last season which, given the club recently rejected loan offers for him, begs the question of if this is Arteta's plan moving forward.

Negative #2: Same profligacy in attack

Gabriel Jesus
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Yet again, particularly in the first half, we saw the same Arsenal attack that has cost us points over the last month or so, with big chances being squandered and a general lack of threat in the final third.

The second half offered more in terms of threat from us in the Nottingham Forest penalty area, especially after Jesus scored the opening goal, but we made life so difficult for ourselves for the opening 65 minutes and it is a trend that is simply unsustainable if we want to compete at the highest level.

It is difficult to dwell on an issue like this after a win, especially given Jesus' overall performance in particular, but it remains that we need to be able to finish clear chances when they arise and, if current options cannot, then we need new options altogether.

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