The Gunners headed into the clash reeling from a 3-0 League Cup drubbing at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday – a result which questioned the quality of their squad depth.
With injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsene Wenger’s side looked short of options in attack and opted for Joel Campbell in a wide right position.
During the first half-half, Arsenal’s absentees told as they struggled to gain a foothold in the match and were rather fortunate to reach half-time with the scores still level at 0-0.
However, a stark improvement during the second period saw them once again score three on the road and prompt a rather telling response from both Gary Lineker and Stan Collymore.
I think Arsenal could well win the league. There, I've said it.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) octubre 31, 2015
Arsenal making me believe a tiny bit more today. Poor first half raising familiar questions. 2nd half, ground it out, earned the right.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) octubre 31, 2015
Arsenal’s goals came courtesy of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Costa Rican ace Campbell, and the victory was reminiscent of their three-goal blitz at Watford a couple of weeks ago.
Even without playing too well, the North Londoners boast so much quality going forward that the goals will come. Yet, arguably more importantly, defensively they’ve been so impressive.
Laurent Koscielny has been a rock at the back while goalkeeper Petr Cech gives them a reassurance they previously never had. This team most certainly can win the title this season.