Arsene Wenger got a big call spot on last night against Manchester United.
It was a result which showed how effectively the current Arsenal side can rise to a difficult challenge away from home when the balance and tactics used across the side are spot on.
A few eyebrows would have been raised when Wenger selected Danny Welbeck to start ahead of the in form Olivier Giroud, but it’s a call he got correct with the former scoring the winner against his old club.
Starting Giroud would have been understandable. He’s a big, imposing style of striker who is capable of holding the ball up in front of any opposition back four.
However, he doesn’t have the pace and similar skill to Welbeck in terms of being able to drift into the channels and pull an opposition back four out of position.
Wenger’s theory in starting Welbeck was to make the most of that pace last night, especially when the Gunners were forced to counter attack.
He would have also recognised that Welbeck would have wanted to make a point against his former club.
He would have sensed the extra motivation and determination in Welbeck in the build up to the game, which justifies his decision to start the England man ahead of the Frenchman.
Giroud, in perfectly good form, has now been challenged and will have to respond to get his place back in the side.
Wenger has created a competitive but friendly duel between two of his main attacking players, with the team benefiting from their attempts to force their way into the side ahead of each other.
It will be interesting to see who Wenger opts for when the Gunners play West Ham this weekend.