Behind 8 rounds in the Premier League. The league table for this period is headed by Arsenal. The gunners have 21 points, 1 point more than Man City. Since the first round, Mikel Arteta’s team has lost only 3 points and so far they are going very confidently. Last season, Arsenal were quite stable in the games with the middle players and outsiders, but they did not have enough victories in big matches to get into the top 4.
This season, the Gunners had 2 serious opponents. In the lost game against Manchester United, Mikel Arteta’s men outperformed their opponent in many aspects, but were punished for being too open. In the match with Tottenham, the appropriate conclusions were made and as a result – a confident victory with a score of 3:1.
Let’s look at the strengths of this team.
1 – work by Mikel Arteta
This season is Mikel Arteta’s third as head coach of Arsenal. During this time, the Spaniard was able to establish a good climate in the dressing room and set a clear style of play, which is based on possession of the ball, playing on the flanks and high pressing.
Arteta also prepares individually for all matches and knows how to adjust his team to the opponent’s style. For example, in the game with Tottenham, the Gunners deprived Antonio Conte and his team of signature short draws, which led to a confident victory.
2 – composition
Arteta has a pretty strong squad and a good substitution at his disposal. And last but not least, the players are hungry for big wins. Man City did not believe in Gaby Jesus, and in the camp of the gunners, the Brazilian shows his best game. The same can be said about Zinchenko, who immediately pushed Kieran Tierney out of the main squad. William Saliba made a strong pair in the center of defense along with Gabriel, and Ben White moved to the right flank.
Xhaka, Partey and Odegaard are indispensable players in midfield. A lot depends on these players. Around the last Arteta and built his football. The attacking line consists of the quick-footed Martinelli, Gaby Jesus and Bukayo Saka. At the same time, such players as Emile Smith-Rowe, Takumi Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira and many others remain on the bench at Arsenal.
3 – set play
Arsenal conceded just 4 goals from corners last season. This is the second lowest in the league. At the same time, the gunners themselves scored 10 goals, which is their best indicator in the 21st century.
4 – form of leaders
In our article, the game of Gaby Jesus has already been noted more than once. Here, let’s take a closer look at it. In 8 games, the Brazilian scored 5 goals and made 3 assists. At the same time, Jesus is very useful in playing along.
Bukayo Saka has not yet been very productive at the start of the season, but this does not describe the game of the Englishman. In the game with Tottenham, he was unstoppable.
The most important role in midfield is played by Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka. If Odegaard can be replaced by someone, then no one can properly replace Partey and Jaka. The absence of one of them immediately affects the midfield game. This season, Arsenal have not lost a single point when this pair was on the field.
While Arteta’s wards are in this form, it will be very difficult to stop them.
Should be noted one weakness, which in our opinion is very important. It’s about the inexperience of the players. This is what the team often lacks. Sometimes players do very stupid things that affect the results of matches.
Good luck to Mikel Arteta and his wonderful team. Arsenal is one of the brightest teams of the current season and we want them to succeed. Along with checkout our article on “Anatomy Of Real Madrid Success”