In keeping with the start to their season so far, Arsenal yet again produced a lacklustre display but once again got away with it, this time against PSG in the opening game of their Champions League campaign.
In each of the last two seasons the Gunners had suffered opening game defeats and going up against the most difficult side in the group, away from home, it would have been reasonable to presume that Arsene Wenger would elect for a more pragmatic approach than his usual attacking philosophy.
Arsenal secured a vital three points on Saturday thanks to a last minute penalty from Santi Cazorla which should not be used in any way shape or form to disguise an otherwise average performance.
Arsene Wenger decided to deviate from his normal approach to introducing new signings to the Premier League, by starting both his new additions, Mustafi and Peres. Unfortunately both struggled to come to terms with the pace and ferocity of the Premier League and as a result produced fairly average performances in keeping with that of the whole team.
Arsenal secured their first win
of the Premier League season on Saturday with a fine performance against
Watford, racing into a comfortable 3-0 lead before half time.
The Gunners have been far from
their best so far this campaign, struggling for fluidity in attack in
particular. However against Watford, helped by scoring an early goal, Arsenal
produced a fine display of passing and movement to at times rip their opponents
Given the total lack of investment in the squad during the
summer transfer window, it was no real surprise to see Arsenal completely taken
apart on the opening day of the season, by a Liverpool side that were far below
their best for large parts of the game.