Five reasons to be cheerful after Arsenal's winning weekend

So it's the Monday after the Saturday before and the season is up and running.
 
Gooner feelings after the game seem to be a mixture of relief, frustration and anticipation of more to come. For some reason, the glass is always half empty with us lot.
 
It may have been predictably stuttering, predictably predictable, but Arsenal came away with three points and that's the most important thing.
 
So here's our take on why we should be happy this glorious Monday morning.
 
1. Samir Nasri showed all the skill, finishing and fight to suggest he's going to become a darling of the Gooners in next to no time.
Scoring after four minutes was some improvement on how long it took Alex Hleb and if he maintains his form throughout the season, he'll fit in as quickly as Bacary Sagna and our attacking potency will be stronger than last season.

 
2. Johann Djourou stepped up to the responsibility handed to him and had a sparkling game at the back.
Tall and poised, he cleared off the line and gave us some height we needed against the Baggies long balls. Willie Gallas should have congratulated him rather than telling him off, but it was a performance that suggests the young Swiss may continue his improvement of two years ago after regressing last season.
 
3. We won on the opening day and took the lead.
Those of you who've only got in to watch Arsenal since the move to Emirates will remember that we've gone behind in the last two opening fixtures. It took some drama two years ago to snatch an equaliser against Aston Villa and equally nail-biting to win late on against Fulham. We may not have scored as many as we'd have liked against West Brom, but at least we started with intent and made the opposition chase the game.
 
4. Two points ahead of one of our rivals.
Yep, it may be early early season and we're no doubt going to drop points against sides we should be playing off the park, but even so, it's good to see Manchester United dropping points. Remember, we only lost the title by four points last season, so every advantage counts. That said, when they complete the signing of a certain Dimitar Berbatov, it's going to be difficult for a lot of sides to cope.
 
5. After all the crowing and predictions, T*ttenh*m carried on where they left off with defeat against Middlesbrough. So much pre-season talk has been of them taking our place in the top four and that sort of ignorance should be treated with the discredit it deserves. If you look at Juande Ramos's league record at T*ttenh*m, it's not much different to Martin Jol's. So they beat us and won the Carling Cup? I'll take Champions League football every time thanks very much.