Events began with a minute of silence in recognition of Armistice Day. From the first whistle the Arsenal controlled play and the visitors seemed content to defend against the onslaught. However, their tight defense/counterattack style would not work against these Gunners. The first quarter hour was all Arsenal and you simply knew the goal was coming. Just after twenty minutes, Walcott sprinted down the right flank and posted a dangerous shot that was half saved by Foster. "Half saved" meaning Robin Van Persie gobbled up the rebound and smashed it into the net. Van Persie again, in the 39th minute, cut back for Thomas Vermalen who bundled home his first goal in a year and a half. Arsenal was cruising while the visitors had failed to tally a shot in the first half of play.
Another brilliant result for the Gunners, and thankfully everyone's come home healthy from the international break. Arsenal travel to Norwich City Saturday but the newly promoted Canaries should not be taken lightly. They've put on an impressive display in the Premier League so far and will be looking to impress their home crowd. Defense will be the key to locking this one down. Arsenal will score goals, there's little doubt there, but we must be solid in the back, eliminating mistakes and loose play in order to secure all three points. We're entering a critical stretch in the season and must start this run on the right foot.