We questioned whether or not Arsenal would rest players for the key clash against Watford, and despite that coming to fruition with Ramsey, Koscielny and Wilshere all not starting, they’ve managed to take the lead against the Hornets at the Emirates.
As the game progresses things could always shift one way or another, as we’ve seen this afternoon with the Old Firm derby, but Shkodran Mustafi’s opening goal is actually much more important than some fans may realise.
The opener marks Arsenal’s 1,000th home goal in the Premier League era, and when you consider that the league has only been around since 1992, that’s quite the achievement. The Gunners are one of just a handful of clubs to have taken part in every single Premier League season since its inception, and despite their current run, the importance of having Arsenal Football Club in the top flight cannot be understated.
They’re one of the biggest teams in England for a reason, and statistics like this only serve to back up that claim. Thankfully for Arsene Wenger many of their records over the years happened under his guidance, and because of that, you have to imagine that his historical significance will play a factor in whether or not he remains at the club for the 2018/19 campaign.
We aren’t suggesting that’s the right way to look at things by any means because let’s face it, it’s been a long time since Arsenal were considered to be legitimate contenders for the title.
Turn of fortunes?
With that being said, if they can hold onto their current lead against Watford, it’ll be a big step in the right direction when you consider that they’re seemingly resting some players for the return leg of their Europa League tie against AC Milan on Thursday – which we speculated would happen.
The aforementioned goal won’t only do wonders for their confidence but it’ll also be great for Mustafi, too, as he hasn’t exactly been in the supporters’ good books in the last few weeks. Perhaps this will mark him turning a corner, but if you’ve been following the club throughout his tenure, you’ll know that we’ve heard that before.
In case you’re interested in cashing in on Arsenal’s recent good fortunes, Bet365 is offering odds of 4/1 for Arsenal to win European silverware this season.