Did anyone else spot the ridiculous moment of skill thatalmost handed Andrey Arshavin his first goal in Arsenal colours last night?
The little Russian collected the ball on the six yard line, beat a man and then in one split-second move spooned the ball from the instep of his left foot to that of his right, only to see the effort saved by Baggies' keeper Scott Carson.
Had it gone in, we'd be talking one of the goals of the season and we'd be seeing replays of that piece of magic every week at Emirates Stadium. As it is though, it provided a tantalising glimpse of what we can expect of Arshavin as he gets nearer to match fitness.
I have to confess, I thought it was a strange line-up when I saw the team sheet (what, no RvP?!), but Arsene knows and he proved that once again last night with a victory that puts the pressure on Villa ahead of their trip to Citeh tonight.
But all the headlines today deservedly belong to Nicklas Bendtner. I'm still not his biggest fan, but I can see what Arsene Wenger means by the way in which the big Dane manages to find himself with more opportunities to score than anyone else.
Last night he grabbed a brace but it could easily have been double that and if big Nick can actually learn to have the composure to look at the goal and the keeper's positioning before he shoots, we'll have a 20-plus goals a season striker on our hands - if you're in any doubt about this, watch a replay of his second goal: well taken, but he doesn't once look up to see where Carson is.
Anyhoo, Nick stole the headlines and he was ably assisted by Kolo Toure, who scored one and provided the assist for another, while Samir Nasri continued to grow in stature with yet another midfield masterclass.
And I feel I have to give special mention to our central midfielders. Denilson had yet another solid game, while Alex Song looked a bit lost until he was forced to take up a role in defence to replace Toure. But then the Cameroon international looked comfortable and on more than one occasion snuffed out the danger from West Brom offensives.
But was Song your Man of the Match? Click on the 'read more' link to access our poll and vote for the man you thought gave most to the Gunners last night...