Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League yesterday after putting Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest side to the sword.
Their 5-0 win over the newly promoted team maintained their 100% winning record at The Emirates this season.
Arsenal’s unlikely hero Reiss Nelson scored a brace, while Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard were also on the score sheet.
However, Antonio was really impressed with Arsenal’s passing yesterday.
The West Ham striker suggested that each player already knows where all their teammates are going to be before they’ve even received the ball.
Arsenal’s build-up play this season has been patient but effective.
The combination of quickly moving the ball before individual pieces of flair have torn apart plenty of opposition defences.
Antonio impressed with Arsenal’s passing
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Antonio said: “It’s one of those things when you see them and you look at them, they know their structure and everyone knows where everyone is.
“You can see a couple of the passes, players are not even looking, they are just playing the ball expecting someone to be there.”
One of the reasons Arsenal’s play looks so telepathic at times is Arteta’s insistence on rotating as little as possible in the Premier League.
Eight of yesterday’s starting XI had started every league game this season, while Odegaard had been missing just once.
That consistency has propelling Arsenal into an unlikely title race with Manchester City.
A sign of a successful team is when they can grind out results despite not hitting top gear.
Although that wasn’t seen yesterday, William Saliba has admitted he’s not been at his best for the last month.
Arsenal managed to beat Leeds in this manner, relying on a fantastic performance from Aaron Ramsdale.
Ramsdale admitted after that game his passing wasn’t up to scratch but that wasn’t the case yesterday.
Antonio would have joined plenty of Arsenal fans in being impressed with their passing yesterday.