It’s always nice after an unexpected defeat to inflict a backlash on your next opponents, with Arsenal running riot against FC Twente on Wednesday night. Gallas, Nasri, Walcott and Bendtner all scored to ensure the Gunners ran out 4-0 winners, with Cesc Fabregas returning to inspire a team that had looked devoid of ideas and creativity against Fulham last Saturday.
However, FC Twente are no great shakes, especially when they effectively lost the tie in the first leg when they went down 2-0. That was their opportunity to steal a march on Arsenal and last night, a young team’s heads dropped from an early stage. Nevertheless, The Sun report that Wenger was delighted to see his team play flowing football once again.
“I felt the whole team was sharper and physically much better than on Saturday. That is what made it easier.
“I took Cesc off in the second half because he was coming back from a hamstring and we play again on Saturday.”
Nevertheless, the litmus test is on Saturday when Newcastle arrive in town. The Magpies have been whipping boys at Arsenal in recent seasons, although they have looked defensively sturdy after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and 1-0 win against Bolton. The simple fact is that the Gunners have scored one league goal in 180 minutes of football thus far and may find it difficult to break down a better quality of opposition.