A 2-0 win is arguably the most solid result you can hope to pull off on the first game of the season.
Sure, you can always crave more goals, but the final score against Cardiff City on the opening day saw us comfortably claim the three points, while keeping an equally important clean sheet.
On the flip side, a 3-1 home defeat to a side which struggled for form last year is going to sound alarm bells, whoever it happens to.
Last season’s Hammer of the Year showed no signs of early season sloppiness by turning in a typically assured performance.
The 25-year-old New Zealander has recently signed a new contract and is pretty much the only guaranteed starter across the defence, leaving James Collins and James Tomkins to fight it out to partner him.
Sam Allardyce has shown faith in Reid, and helped nurture him into a top class defender. The manager has tweaked the team, but balanced it in a way that hasn’t required wholesale changes, leading him to claim this week that this ‘year two’ squad is “right up there” in terms of the best he has had. That has meant players like Reid are confident in knowing their role, can be assured of game time if they play well, and are rewarded for success.
Arsenal have struggled in recent years, slipping out of real contention for the title, with the main focus usually being on scrapping to secure 4th place. They’re a team that seems disjointed, expected to succeed without the belief to mount a serious challenge.
We’re a club moving forward. There are realistic aspirations that could bring genuine success. There is a lot more for Reid to achieve at West Ham.
And aside from the player himself, his transfer would be a massive step backwards for the club given the hierarchy are determined to quash perceptions we are always prepared to sell our top stars.
It has been documented that we need to clear the wage bill to free up funds to bring in a striker. But it would be a huge shock if we sacrificed our best defender to a London rival to balance those demands.
Losing Reid would leave us short in the centre back position, with little chance of finding a replacement of equal quality. Retaining Winston will better our chances of securing a lot more solid results throughout the remainder of the season.