It was the team all Arsenal fans wanted, for a little while at least, so there was much excitement ahead of the game followed by a lot of sadness, some jubilation and a weird sense of disbelief that Arsenal actually managed to win a match.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrate victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrate victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Finally.

Some wanted David Luiz instead of Sokratis, nobody even cared that Shkodran Mustafi was nowhere to be seen again, and the attack was organised as it should be – with players playing where they are best.

This was going to be it, wasn’t it?

Here are some things I noticed from the game

1Freddie knows Matteo needs time

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

He’s young. He was brought in to be ‘one for the future’ but Unai Emery picked him as often as he could, starting him in every league game this season.

Since Freddie has taken over, Guendouzi has started one of three games, and he was taken off in that, something that rarely happened under the Spaniard.

Too much responsibility was placed on his shoulders too soon as he arrived as a kid from a league significantly inferior to the Premier League.

It is right that he is guided into the first team, not just thrown at it like he’s a lump of silly putty we hope sticks.

2Reports that Arsenal left Mustafi in Norwich are unconfirmed

NORWICH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal FC at Carrow Road on December 01, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Once again the German, for the second game after his horror show at Norwich, was nowhere to be seen in the squad.

3Arsenal players looked like they remembered how to football

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

For the first hour or so the nerves throughout the side were palpable. It was explicit football instead of implicit.

Once that first goal went in, however, it’s lie they all suddenly remembered they know how to do this.

4Kieran Tierney is harder than all of us

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Referee Mike Dean helps Kieran Tierney of Arsenal leave the pitch following an injury during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Although he was seen in a sling later in the evening before heading to hospital, Kieran Tierney was having no truck with a stretcher when both his legs were still attached. e simply got up, fashioned a sling from his own shirt and walked off.

5Are we all just forgetting about Granit Xhaka and pretending it never happened?

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Is that what we’re doing? Just quietly pretending it never happened? It would seem so.

6Martinelli could be Arsenal’s saviour this season

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

He set a new Arsenal record on Monday night and is scoring at a rate that makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang look bad.

7Many newspapers just make stuff up

8You can still kick Arsenal players with impunity

This wasn’t even a yellow card.

9Arsenal had no shots on target on the first half for the first time this season

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

10Arsenal fans are/were seriously concerned about relegation during the game against West Ham

Arsenal’s Swedish Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at The London Stadium, in east London on December 9, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

11Sky got their stats wrong and just kept going

Turns out they meant to say ‘away from home’ but they just kept repeating this stat instead.

12Arsenal are world politics in football form

(Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

13Pepe didn’t arrive against West Ham, he’s been here all season

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Are we just forgetting thetwo wonderful free-kicks he scored earlier in the season? Or what he did to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk?