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With eight minutes gone in this meeting of upper-to-mid‑table powers there was a significant little wonky detail. Arsenal had just taken the lead on an afternoon when they passed the ball with speed and verve through midfield, with Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan producing some sublime touches. Youth Nike Denver Broncos #8 Brandon McManus Limited Olive/Camo 2017 Salute to Service NFL JerseyIt was from Özil’s free-kick that Shkodran Mustafi rose above a mildly interested Watford defence to send a firm header wiffling into the far corner: “And that ladies and gentlemen is Arsenal’s ONE THOUSANDTH goal in the Premier League!!” a ludicrously upbeat voice declared over the Emirates Stadium PA as the players celebrated. Men's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Swingman Green Adidas Jersey: NBA Milwaukee Bucks #33 RoadExcept, it wasn’t. It was Arsenal’s 1,000th goal at home. Across two grounds in an arbitrary period of years sparked by Authentic Matt Moore Jersey a new TV deal. But never mind. A burblingly meaningless stat greeted by sarcastic applause from a two-thirds full stadium. Welcome to Arsenal, a place where nothing is as clear as it seems, and where even the sense of crisis seems a little hard to believe on days like these where the outline of a fine, engaging, distinctly Wenger-ish team can still flicker into view. It was an afternoon of confusing numbers all round. That cross for the goal was also Özil’s 50th assist in the Premier League, making him the quickest player to that mark ahead of Eric Cantona, Dennis Bergkamp and David Silva. And credit where it’s due. For all the easy snark thrown his way, those times when the sense of brilliance just out of sight can be terribly frustrating, Özil has also been an utter joy to watch, a player whose best moments are as good as anyone’s moments, and whose running stats show he has worked for the team even in the bleaker times. More slightly inconclusive numbers: Petr Cech also completed his 200th Premier League clean sheet in this 3-0 victory. It is a fine achievement, although one that belongs more to the team, and indeed even more so to his previous team. Cech did have a good game. He made his first penalty save for Arsenal on a wretched afternoon for Troy “Cojones” Deeney. But he is also another emblem of that slight disjunct, a goalkeeper who just isn’t quite Authentic Kemba Walker Jersey there any more as a No 1 in a team that sees itself as a natural Champions League presence, no matter how much Wenger adores him as a hugely impressive professional. More blurred lines and funny numbers. With an hour gone here Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had completed five passes. It’s often said some players do a lot of work goes unnoticed. Aubameyang is the opposite, a footballer who is very noticeably idle a lot of Anton Lindholm Jersey the time, so stylishly relaxed he can look like a parody of an Arsenal player, an Arsenal player made in a lab from old Walcott toenails and essence of Ramsey. At which point, with his 16th touch of the ball he scored a decisive, high-class second goal, taking the ball expertly round Orestis Karnezis and sliding it home. In the last half-hour he came alive, setting up Mkhitaryan for the third and showing the full range of movement and Rodger Saffold Youth jerseyacceleration.


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