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Arsenal vs. Napoli: Instant Reaction

On the night that Wenger's managerial reign reached its 17th year, Arsenal dismissed Napoli with relative ease.

One of these guys has awesome hair
One of these guys has awesome hair
Paul Gilham

Remember when this was supposed to be a tough group?  Hey guess what, it's still a tough group, but Arsenal are a tough team.  Goals from Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud saw Arsenal ease to a 2-0 win at the Emirates over a team that was supposed to cause the Gunners fits; the first half was a masterclass in Arsene Wenger-style soccer, though, and while the second was a bit more labored, the result wasn't really ever in any doubt.

So that's six points out of six in the Champions League, seven games in a row in all competitions, and, what, 21 unbeaten out of 22 since the downward spiral was first diagnosed in March? Something like that, anyway.

Sadly, I didn't see the match, so I will have to leave the detailed analysis to others, but I will leave you with a couple questions:

1. No Santi, no Theo, no Podolski, no Oxlade-Chamberlain.  And yet a pretty easy win over a legit opponent.  Anybody still concerned in any serious way about Arsenal having no depth?  Seriously?
2. From what I read during the match, Arteta doesn't seem to have missed a beat - is that true or am I wishcasting?