Last night, not for the first time, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud found themselves on the same wavelength to create a wonderful Arsenal goal.
Amazingly, the superb strike in Serbia came four years to the day that the duo got together to do this against Norwich in the Premier League:
Speaking afterwards, Wilshere spoke about their connection, and how it can pay dividends for the team.
“I think he knows how I like to play and I know how he likes to play,” he said.
:He knows that I like to pick it up and drive at the defence and he always gives me an option when I pick the ball up he seems to hold position up well, he’s strong when he holds the ball up and we play off each other well.
“We did that again tonight with Theo and we’re happy, we came here we know the fans came a long way so we’re thankful to them and we wanted to give them something to cheer about after the weekend and we did so we’re happy.”
Although it wasn’t the most scintillating Arsenal performance of all time, the 1-0 win made it three wins from three in the Europa League, and it did come from what was a pretty makeshift side.
Asked afterwards if he felt it had gone some way to answering the criticisms leveled at the team by Watford’s Troy Deeney last week, Jack continued, “Yes I think so, I mean I said yesterday in our press conference I don’t think anyone can question our character.
“We showed that tonight, you know it’s a tough place to come I don’t think they’ve lost here this season, we knew that before the game and we knew that they were going to be up for it.
“It’s one of the noisiest stadiums I’ve played in my career and of course they’re going to be up for it.”
No arguing against the win, but a bigger test of character will come on Sunday at Everton when the players culpable for the defeat at Watford will have to show what they’re made of.