Perhaps Cesc Fabregas should get himself suspended more often, as the weekend off work obviously did him the power of good, judging by his performance last night.
The Spaniard looked a lot more like his old self as he donned the skipper's armband for the first time. Some of his passes were world class and his quick thinking to play the long ball to Nicklas Bendtner to notch the only goal of the game was the decisive moment in the game.
Bendtner deserves mention too. I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the Dane, but he took his chance superbly well. In saying that, I really hope that Emmanuel Adebayor is passed fit for this weekend's visit to Chavski, because our forward line didn't exactly create too many chances last night.
Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey acquitted himself well and Carlos Vela showed one or two touches of genuine class early on, but although Arsenal did what was needed last night, the team still aren't firing on all cylinders. But a win is a win and scoring our first goal in three games was massively important, so I won't grumble too much.
When it comes to Man of the Match contenders, Manuel Almunia should also get a nod, as his point blank save midway through the second half kept the Gunners in the game last night, although it's a weird thing with old peroxide noggin in goal that I feel more confident about him facing a penalty than I do when he has to face a free kick.
Otherwise, Gael Clichy had his usual strong game and Mikael Silvestre and Johan Djourou did what they had to do. And I have to commend my fellow Gooners for the way they treated William Gallas last night. I half expected Whinging Willie to get a lot of abuse, but in the event there were very few dissenters at the Emirates and the Frenchman, one dodgy moment aside, looked almost relieved to have had the burden of the captaincy lifted from his shoulders.
The proof of Gallas's long term worth to the club remains to be seen, but in the meantime it is heartening to know that most Gooners are sensible enough to back all our players when they are on the pitch, no matter how great their misdemeanors.
But enough of all that. Your task, my fellow Addicts, is to click below to visit our Man of the Match poll and choose who you think was our most valuable player in the victory over Kiev last night. Vote now...