Gunners woes continued after Wolverhampton Wanderers defeat as they lost for 5th time in the first 10 matches this season. This is Arsenal’s worst start to a season since 1981-82 season when they accumulated 12 points in 10 games.
A year since Unai Emery was sacked, Arsenal find themselves in an even deeper problem. Arsenal were 8th when Spaniard was sacked but now Arsenal find themselves in a measly 14th position, 8 points below arch-rivals and league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
Mikel Arteta gained the trust of Arsenal faithful with a strong finish to the season. As Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 14th time. With a strong performance against Liverpool in the Community Shield, Arsenal fans hoped for a strong season as deals for Willian, Gabriel, and Thomas Partey fixed some problems Arsenal had.
Arsenal this season!
Arsenal started the season with a dominant away win against Fulham. As new signings, Willian and Gabriel shone in an impressive display. With 3 wins in the opening 4 matches and the sole loss coming at Anfield, Gunners fans were optimistic of a strong season. Since then their season has gone a downward spiral. With just one win in the later 6 matches including 3 consecutive home losses.
Contrary to the League form, Community Shield winners have been pretty impressive in cup runs. Arsenal remain top of the Group B of the Europa League with a 100% record. And Arsenal face Manchester City in the Quarter Finals of the Carabao Cup after beating Liverpool on penalties.
Arsenal’s bad showing can be traced back to a lack of creativity in midfield. With Mesut Ozil frozen out and a failed transfer for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, Arsenal lack that killer-pass from midfield.
Arsenal’s main man Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang bailed them out countless times last season. But this season even Aubameyang has suffered from the lack of creativity. If North London giants are to make any progress it directly revolves around Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
“It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach. I know that one day I will be sacked or leave the football club,”. ” Don’t know if it’s the day after I sign my contract, in a month’s time, a year’s time, or six months’ time.– Mikel Arteta
“They’re probably lacking a bit of confidence, I didn’t see that fight that the manager was talking about. “I know it was a difficult interview, you’ve been beaten in the game, it’s difficult, but I didn’t see that desire, that determination to get a result.
“You can have an off night, of course, but you still find a way to get a result, and at this moment in time, I don’t see it with this group of players. They look a bit soft.”– Roy Keane on Arsenal
Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur next in the first North London Derby of the season. A win over table-toppers and arch-rivals could prove to be a spark that Gunners require to change their fortunes.
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