Where does Wilshere's goal rank in Arsenal greats?

By Avenell Dave

I found myself in a strange quandry on Saturday evening. 

Who couldn't be delighted by the football we showed, the brilliance of some of our goals and the way we won a game handsomely despite struggling for great periods to remain in control.

It was ballet. It was theatre. It was schoolboy dreams. It was what Arsenal are supposed to be and yet have fallen by the wayside as stadium obligations take their toll. 

Watching the Jack Wilshere goal, for instance, it was clear that it was something special, but only when you watch it back on TV do you really see how much intricacy, instinctive teamwork and understanding went into a goal which, quite simply, was unstoppable. 

Was it one of the best goals I have ever seen? Undoubtedly. 

If we had not won the game, perhaps some of the lustre would have been lost - but remember we didn't beat Leicester on the evening when DB10 scored his magical goals, turning Matt Elliott inside and out.

Jack's finish was sublime but for the players to even attempt such tight passing was a joy to behold. If it hadn't have come off, pundits would have argued that we were typically trying to walk the ball into the net. But we did it and I doubt there will be a better goal this season.

Was it better than Bergkamp's at Newcaste? Henry's against United where he beats Barthez? The Kanu backheel against Middlsbrough? 

What was also pleasing was the way we kept our shape and discipline when under pressure from a Norwich side who on another day may have taken something from the game. 

They came out fighting and without cheating or time wasting or trying to rough us up, more than played their part in the game and will win more than they lose if they perform like that. 

Was it the withdrawal of Flamini that caused us to struggle or just that we found ourselves pegged back? I'm not sure anyone really has the answer.

But that raised one question for me. Does Mikel Arteta fit into this team? 

There was a time when he was one of the first names on the teamsheet and our record without him was indifferent. 

But things change. He is not as tenacious as Flamini, who has to be first choice when fit. That leaves two other midfield places, one of which has to go to Ramsey unless he is being rested. 

Let's assume Jack takes the third, leaving the more attack-minded players to fight it out to partner the increasingly impressive Olivier Giroud.

Quite a challenge isn't it?  A nice problem to have but my point really is that while no one played badly on Saturday, Arteta seemed to add very little to proceedings for much of the game.

On a final note, it was interesting to see an article in The Sunday Times  about rugby conditioning coaches being brought in.

I spoke a few weeks ago about the concerned I have about Arsenal's injury record. 

Setbacks for Theo Walcott, the length of time Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out may be just part and parcel of the modern game, but we have suffered with more longer term injuries than most, that's for sure, as the statistics confirm. 

So I was fascinated to see that two former Irish rugby union internationals have been brought in to help toughen up the younger players.

Jerry Flannery and Johnny O’Connor are only on short term contracts but nevertheless, it's good to hear them talk about Arsenal using cutting edge techniques to take us to the next level.

With sugar daddies always able to buy big, we need to keep our best players fit and this is reassuring.