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Kieran Tierney missed the Arsenal vs West Ham game due to muscle tightness and he was replaced by Sead Kolasinac. Dani Ceballos replaced the rejuvenated Mohamed Elneny and despite the ‘clean sheet’ claim, there was no room for Ozil or Guendouzi. Against Fulham, we saw a slick passing game from Arsenal that overwhelmed the opposition but up... The post West Ham Fall to a Sucker Punch But it’s Arsenal That lack Sparkle appeared first on...
Kieran Tierney missed the Arsenal vs West Ham game due to muscle tightness and he was replaced by Sead Kolasinac. Dani Ceballos replaced the rejuvenated Mohamed Elneny and despite the ‘clean sheet’ claim, there was no room for Ozil or Guendouzi.
Against Fulham, we saw a slick passing game from Arsenal that overwhelmed the opposition but up until the 25th minute in the Arsenal vs West Ham contest, the Hammers looked the better side. The Gunners suffered from what I’d term as ‘scuff foot’, with weak and stray passes all over the pitch and it was so bad at one stage that Dani Ceballos passed to David Moyes. Moyes gratefully picked up the ball from the technical area and Ceballos glared at the player he felt should have given chase.
It was a reminder that football still could mock itself even with big-name players on astronomical wages. Arsenal’s version of ‘Scuff ball’ became contagious but for the goal, when Saka found Aubameyang who floated the ball back to Lacazette, who met it decisively with his head (25).
A 1-0 scoreline was pretty much against the run of play but that’s what Arsenal can do if you don’t pay attention. Willian, who was excellent against the Cottagers looked out of salts, but he wasn’t alone as ball after ball missed its intended target.
In the middle, Ceballos looked as if he lacked a bit of early polish and at the back, the lack of finesse from Rob Holding is starting to become glaringly obvious. I would not be surprised if Holding is loaned out, now that David Luiz is back in contention but even if he is, I doubt it will be enough to sharpen up his skill set to the required level.
West Ham pressed forward all evening and the main threat came from Antonio. When Arsenal eventually laboured over the halfway line, they were greeted by a line of five blue shirts with another line of three behind them. As space disappeared, Arsenal passed sideways and backward to find a way through, but this game needed a ballplayer that could fly a pass thirty or forty yards over the Hammers’ heads to rattle some nerves.
Just moments before half-time, Antonio got a well-deserved equaliser via a flat Arsenal backline with everyone leaving the marking to everybody else. There were no changes at half-time and although Arteta filled the players’ ears with motivational swear words, nothing had changed much on the pitch either.
If anything, the majority of the Arsenal vs West Ham game showed why Arteta is looking for more additions to his midfield. The creativity spluttered and at times it felt like painting by numbers with a pot of dry paint and a hairless brush. The fluency the Gunners displayed against Fulham had deserted them.
Arsenal 1×1 West Ham (Fredericks R.)Antonio M pic.twitter.com/74dXFfHPhj
— AC NEWS (@ACNEWSJP) September 19, 2020
Ideas seemed to be at a premium as West Ham managed to snuff out any meaningful moves from their hosts and started to look a good bet for an unexpected win. 59 minutes in and this felt like the longest game I’d ever seen with West Ham looking more convincing and with Arsenal’s resistance starting to diminish.
Arsenal needed something urgently and we had to hope for a ten-minute collapse to ease the pressure but the ‘scuff foot’ continued and it became a challenge to generate a ripple of excitement. 63 minutes in and Pepe replaced Willian which was an unremarkable change, with Arteta hoping his £75m striker could show a little more ambition than what was already on offer.
Instead, West Ham clattered the Arsenal crossbar with an Antonio header and when Leno came, he spilled the ball which led to a brief spell of incontinence in the Arsenal ranks. Then Arsenal caused themselves more problems by staying deep in their half limiting their attacking options and if they were going to lose this game, it would be attributed to the shameful passing.
Arsenal looked less and less likely to score from the 70th minute and only Pepe looked like he fancied finishing this game off, but his corner (72) should, perhaps, encourage others to relieve him of that particular duty. At this point in the Arsenal vs West Ham game, Moyes’ team had 8 shots on goal to Arsenal’s 1 but football is rarely fair. In one last roll of the dice, Lacazette gave way to Nketiah but this illustrates the lack of quality within the squad when they have to rely on someone as inexperienced even though, he appears to come good.
There were several decent contests in the Arsenal vs West Ham match with the visitors winning most of them. Antonio had the upper hand on Holding all night long. Ceballos couldn’t really get anything going against a willing and dominant midfield and Aubameyang came up against a defence that hardly gave him a sniff apart from his assist.
The reality is that Arsenal have more to do but we all knew that. The Premier League is full of teams that want to flip the form books and it was no surprise that West Ham did so well, however, it was surprising that Arsenal didn’t possess enough to have an easier evening. Leno was probably the busiest Arsenal player and that tells you all you need to know about the Arsenal vs West Ham game.
Then West Ham suffered the ultimate insult (85) when Saka fed Ceballos with a neat little through ball into the left side of the West Ham box, the Spaniard seemed to have time to spare as he delivered a tidy ball to Nketiah who popped it home. The final time scoreline read 2-1.
Arsenal will need to be sharper and more inventive if they want to improve on last season’s finish but in the past, Arsenal would have lost this quite easily. Say what you like about the quality but at least, the side can dig deep and pinch points.
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If and when supporters are permitted to return to football matches, something will certainly need to be done to limit the risk of widespread infection at a time when Covid-19 cases are increasing. It appears that the prospect of empty stadiums will continue until at least the middle of next year, so if crowds are... The post The Return of Supporters: The Answer Lies With The Individual Clubs appeared first on...
If and when supporters are permitted to return to football matches, something will certainly need to be done to limit the risk of widespread infection at a time when Covid-19 cases are increasing. It appears that the prospect of empty stadiums will continue until at least the middle of next year, so if crowds are given a green light, several things need to be firmly in place.
Firstly, the Premier League needs to get each club to provide plans for segregation within the grounds, with sensible allocation and social distancing measures. They need to come up with a capacity figure for each venue that will make attendance safe, but I think it’s also time to think outside the box by only allowing fans into their home grounds. Why?
To prevent fans traveling from North or South and increasing the risks of spreading the virus further. It’s the most logical move in anyone’s mind and I’m shocked that it’s not even been considered before.
Of course, fans want to travel in support of their team, but it’s simply illogical and impractical with Covid-19 still evident. At least, this type of strategy will contain the virus to a geographic area which surely makes sense in the light of the rise in infection rates.
The Premier League is currently in crisis talks with the government to allow the return of supporters back into the stadiums for football matches, but any concessions contradicting the current measures that state only groups of six people or less will be legal from this Monday.
Despite the losses in revenue, can the government promote one restriction on families and their friends and then allow much larger numbers to attend sporting events? It’s inconceivable in reality and would just throw the Covid-19 strategy, such as it is, into complete chaos by ordering restrictions on personal liberty on the one hand while allowing mass gatherings for financial gain on the other.
Like many, I don’t feel that the overall Covid-19 strategy has been clear. If anything, it has been a series of confusing half measures, open to interpretation and therefore, doomed to failure. If crowds were allowed back into grounds, it would lead to a collapse of integrity and belief in any future measures the government introduced.
Football fans will attend matches if they get the chance and they will travel if permitted. It’s up to the FA and the government to protect the general public from themselves if they can’t assess the dangers for themselves. Lives are surely more important than money and in a game where many organisations and individuals make substantial sums, common sense may have to be legislated.
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Arsenal v West Ham is always a mouth-watering game and early form will count for nothing in a game where David Moyes’ side will want to finally get their campaign underway with a point or all three. West Ham, in their previous Premier League outing against Newcastle, had periods that should have produced more and... The post Predicted Lineups, Team News and Predictions as Arsenal Look to Kill Off a Wounded West Ham For Maximum Points appeared first on...
Arsenal v West Ham is always a mouth-watering game and early form will count for nothing in a game where David Moyes’ side will want to finally get their campaign underway with a point or all three.
West Ham, in their previous Premier League outing against Newcastle, had periods that should have produced more and it’s that lack of killer instinct that is the major concern for the East Londoners. Newcastle spread the play and their speed caused somewhat flat-footed defence problems, every time the Geordies went forward.
For me, the exciting Allan Saint Maxim was the pick of the Newcastle players and he constantly turned West Ham inside out with his change of pace and direction. Imagine what Aubameyang can do.
If Arsenal are looking for danger, they need look no further than Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, and Tomas Soucek (if fit). The Hammers will be looking to chase and press and will defend in numbers, but the Arsenal v West Ham tie is simply a case of whether they can nullify the threat of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Willian, Saka, or Pepe.
Apart from a 1-0 win for the Hammers in the 2018/19 campaign, Arsenal have only lost two of their last nine contests, scoring 13 goals to West Ham’s 8 since the 2015/16 season. Conceding frequently appears to be the problem for the Hammers and it’s one that has seen them regularly involved in relegation dogfights.
Quite when West Ham will decide to spend big to cure an obvious problem is up for conjecture. Despite the stats, West Ham won’t be devoid of spirit and will try to put Arsenal on the back foot from the first whistle but their enthusiasm to take the game to the Gunners could prove to be their undoing.
I don’t expect many changes in personnel, but it will be interesting to see how the defense lines up in the light of a good performance from Gabriel and Holding. I suspect Holding has done enough to keep Willian Saliba out of the side and similarly Willian, who’s three assists changed the course of the Fulham vs Arsenal game, will probably keep Saka and Pepe on the bench.
Ceballos could displace Elneny, who gave a good account of himself against Fulham but from an attacking perspective, the Spaniard has a clear edge. Bellerin should get another run-out and Maitland-Niles looks likely to just fend off Saka, but it’s a straight toss between the pair for a starting position.
The Arsenal v West Ham will be a good scrap between two London sides looking to grab early points for different reasons but the pressure is on the Hammers. Arsenal should, on paper, win this contest by two clear goals but that’s not to say it will prove easy with the likes of Mark Noble trying to assert himself in the middle. The veteran West Ham man always gives value for money and will relish the Premier League contest against a reinvigorated Arsenal.
The Gunners should eventually grab the advantage and increase the early pressure on David Moyes, who could be an early candidate for the chop. It seems bizarre to be talking so early about Premier League managers in this context, but you have to hit the ground running from the first match and another successive loss will increase the heat on the Scot.
Aubameyang is just too hot to handle at the moment for this type of opposition and I don’t rule out a brace given the type of service that is currently available.
Preferred Team for the Arsenal v West Ham Game: Leno; Gabriel, Saliba, Tierney, Bellerin; Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, and Aubameyang.
Predicted Team for the Arsenal v West Ham Game: Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin; Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Predicted Score: Arsenal win 2-0
Key Arsenal Figures: Leno, Aubameyang, and Willian
The first game of the new season, Fulham away and easy three points. The Fulham vs Arsenal was an easy game for us and the Gunners earned a deserving 0-3 win. Arteta decided to take a gamble on Gabriel, who had just arrived at the club and had a couple of training sessions, but the gamble... The post Impressive Gabriel, Auba again and Fulham’s centre-back crisis: Tactical breakdown of Arsenal’s win over Fulham appeared first on...
The first game of the new season, Fulham away and easy three points. The Fulham vs Arsenal was an easy game for us and the Gunners earned a deserving 0-3 win. Arteta decided to take a gamble on Gabriel, who had just arrived at the club and had a couple of training sessions, but the gamble paid off handsomely. As for Willian, we all know what he can bring and he didn’t disappoint either.
Let’s move on to the tactics. With the ball, we played in an unusual 2-4-4 shape which also converted to a 3-2-5 once we took the ball to the opposition half. Arteta started Gabriel, Holding, and Tierney in defence. Tierney was given the license to push high up the pitch with the ball. When Tierney moved up, Bellerin and Willian switched positions, and Xhaka (later Maitland-Niles) covered for him at the back.
Alexandre Lacazette, as usual, dropped deep into the midfield to help Elneny out. Elneny played centrally and tried to protect the centre-backs. His 5 interceptions (according to WhoScored) proved to be vital. Gabriel looked a bit wobbly at first when there was a bit of a miscommunication with Leno and the latter had to step in to stop the team from conceding a silly goal. However, he rectified his mistakes as the game progressed and was amazing in defence keeping Kamara quiet.
Willian was also immense on debut, dropping to link with Elneny at times, going wide as Bellerin came in narrow and making wicked crosses across the pitch. His 4 crosses during the Fulham vs Arsenal game (according to WhoScored) were the most by an Arsenal player during. Holding was also granted the freedom to advance up the pitch. Sometimes, he advanced into a couple of dangerous positions which could’ve put the team at risk during transitions but apart from that, he was brilliant. Without the ball, we shifted to the usual 5-2-3 formation.
For the Fulham vs Arsenal game, Scott Parker set his team up in a 3-4-3 shape which transitioned to a 3-2-5 shape once the ball entered our half. He is known to prefer a high press and he did exactly that. Parker wanted to make us feel uncomfortable with the ball and for the first ten minutes, he was successful.
When in possession of the ball, Cairney and Reed formed a midfield pivot in their half, rarely venturing out into the opposition half. Kamara led the attack instead of Mitrovic. Odoi and Kebano were tasked with marking out Maitland-Niles and Tierney respectively, but they couldn’t keep up because Maitland-Niles and Tierney looked to confuse them.
With the ball, Bryan and Odoi made overlapping runs and tried to cross the ball into the box with Bryan making the most crosses (4) for the Cottagers. Without the ball, they shifted to a 4-3-3 formation with Kamara, Onomah, and Cavaleiro leading the press and Kebano dropping to the midfield. I now understand the frustration of Fulham fans when they say that the team has not made any significant investment in defence.
The first goal was a bit scrappy. Willian’s blocked shot fell kindly to Lacazette, who netted it in from two yards out. This is the second season since 2017/18 where Lacazette scored the first Arsenal goal in a new season, the last time was on his debut at home against Leicester.
The second goal came from a set-piece. Gabriel headed home a beautiful cross from Willian. Another interesting fact – Gabriel is the first defender since Thomas Vermaelen in 2009 to score on debut. The third goal was an Arteta-genre goal. Willian crossing the ball across the pitch and Aubameyang banging it in from inside the box brought me memories of the goal he scored in the Community Shield against Liverpool.
It was an impressive performance from the Gunners in the Fulham vs Arsenal game. However, we should be cautiously optimistic as the season has just begun and there are a lot of games to play but certainly, we can be hopeful.
The Premier League is back for Game Week 2 and by this time, you should be ready with your FPL teams. There’s not much to worry about if you missed out on Game Week 1 as four teams will kick off their Premiership campaign this week, including both the Manchester clubs. So, there’s a lot... The post Fantasy Premier League Game Week 2 Top Picks: Aubameyang, Vardy, Bruno and KDB Lead the Way appeared first on...
The Premier League is back for Game Week 2 and by this time, you should be ready with your FPL teams. There’s not much to worry about if you missed out on Game Week 1 as four teams will kick off their Premiership campaign this week, including both the Manchester clubs.
So, there’s a lot to look out for and you might end up with an advantage starting your FPL season from Game Week 2. You can analyse how players performed in the first week alongside the benefit of adding players from the four teams starting their campaign this week like Sterling, KDB, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial, Laporte, Grealish, Martinez, Dwight McNeill, Pope, Tarkowski, and more.
Moreover, Game Week 1 starters will get only a single transfer while if you start from Game Week 2, you get unlimited transfers before the deadline on Saturday. On the contrary, this could be a greater advantage for second-week starters, having the bonus of unlimited transfers and Manchester players taking the field. So, let’s have a look at how your team should be lined up for FPL Game Week 2.
Spending too much on goalkeepers doesn’t seem beneficial. In goal, we have Nick Pope prized at £5.5, who is cheaper in comparison to Ederson and Alisson but finished as the highest-scoring goalie on 170 points last season by raking up an impressive 15 clean sheets for Burnley. Burnley kick-off their campaign in Game Week 2.
The consistent Kasper Schmeichel (156 points) stands at £5.5 and concluded Game Week 1 on 6 points. Last year’s breakthrough keeper Dean Henderson (160 points) has a £5.5 price tag but might not get the nod ahead of De Gea. Other cheaper and reliable options include Sheffield’s newly signed Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) and Mathew Ryan (£4.5m) of Brighton.
Both the Manchester clubs kick-off their Premier League 2020/21 season this week, with both teams looking to challenge for the title. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be a good addition as the full-back offers potential on both ends of the pitch. Lucas Digne offers creativity upfront as well as solidarity at the back, finishing last season with 8 assists and nine clean sheets and is coming off the back of a 12 point at Spurs last week.
After a 1⃣2⃣ point haul in GW1, will you be bringing in Lucas Digne?
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) September 16, 2020
It is foolish to not have players from Liverpool. Both Liverpool full-backs, Trent-Arnold and Robertson, had the highest points by a defender in the previous season. Van Dijk is on a roll with amazing performances in the back-to-back season, but his display against Leeds last week was poor, to say the least. However, clean sheets will come for sure with the Dutchman at the back.
Matt Doherty was one of the best returners last season (167 pts) for Wolves, his move to Jose’s defensive setup at Tottenham in this transfer market is a sure shot win-win situation. Burnley had a surprisingly good defence last season and their defender James Tarkowski had a good run (143 pts), this season he comes at £5.5 and should certainly be a top choice for the upcoming matches. Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas is being considered to have a breakthrough season, he is reliable and offers plenty of attacking promise at just £4.5.
Other players to look at are Romain Saiss of Wolves, City’s Aymeric Laporte (if fit), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira (if fit), and Reece James (Chelsea).
There’s a lot of food for thought in midfield. Kevin De Bruyne is a must-have for your FPL team. KDB had the maximum points overall (251 pts) last year, recording 13 goals and 23 assists with a total of 35 bonus points, but comes at a buzzing price tag of £11.5. Expect him to deliver vital FPL points from the get-go as City begins there Premiership campaign from Game Week 2 against Wolves.
The same goes for Bruno Fernandes, who has caught the eye of many FPL managers. The Portuguese acquired a total of 117 points, even though he joined in the winter transfer window at Game Week 25. Bruno’s price tag is set at £10.5m and he should certainly be one of the key picks for team owners.
Ahead of GW2, the #FPLPod team want to know…
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) September 16, 2020
Sadio Mane (221 pts) and Mohamed Salah (233 pts) were Liverpool’s top two players last season and they will deliver this season as well, coming at the price of £12m. Although Mane has started the season slowly and has seen his value dip by £0.1 before Game Week 2, Salah topped the FPL scoring charts with 20 points in Game Week 1. Man City’s Raheem Sterling comes at £11.5m, delivering a total of 204 points last season and was City’s major contributor after Kevin De Bruyne.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang racked up a total of 205 points last season, scoring 22 goals. You can count on the Gabonese forward to deliver even this year, having begun the campaign against Fulham with a score of 7 points, but comes at a hefty price of £12.0. Marcus Rashford (177 points) was one of the top FPL scorers for the Red Devils with Martial the only other United player to score more than him, with 17 goals and 8 assists and comes at a price tag of £9.5.
We have Heung-Min Son (169 pts) coming at £9, who is one of Tottenham’s key players, and seeing his consistency over the years, will certainly deliver points for your team this season as well. Even glimpses of Dele Alli rejuvenating under Jose Mourinho were seen last year, and you can fit him in your teams as well at just £7.9.
Riyad Mahrez is another good pick at just a low £8.5, acquiring a total of 175 points in the 19/20 season. Aston Villa’s captain Jack Grealish had 149 points last season and is a reliable player to have in your team for a lower price range of £7m. Other budget options include Mason Greenwood (£7.5), James Maddison (£7), Lucas Moura (£7), Ayoze Perez (£6.5), Youri Tieliemans (£6.5), Adama Traore (£6.5), and Diogo Jota (£6.5).
For midfielders to bench with decent returns, Jordan Henderson (£5.5), Rodrigo (£5.5), John Lundstram (£5.5), Leeds United’s Jack Harrison (£5.5), Ruben Neves (£5.5), Jorginho (£5) and Ndidi (£5) are good options.
Adding Jamie Vardy (£10.0), last season’s Golden Boot winner, and highest-scoring fantasy forward (210 points), to your FPL team, is a no-brainer, especially after Aubameyang’s been shifted to midfield. He has already started this campaign with a bang by giving 13 points in Game Week 1. Expect him to score more FPL points in the coming weeks, with a home game against Burnley coming up in Game Week 2.
11 goals 7 assists at home last season…
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) September 17, 2020
Anthony Martial (£9.0) is another forward to look out for with a return of 200 points in the season just gone by. He was the highest-scoring Manchester United player last season with 17 goals and 9 assists and Solskjaer has entrusted him the responsibility of being the sole striker by not buying additional players for that position. He will be looking to begin the campaign on a high against Crystal Palace at home in Game Week 2 and expect him to deliver vital FPL points.
Danny Ings was the surprise package in the previous season, played exceptionally well, and finished with a tally of 198 points. His career-high 22 goals in a Premier League campaign saved Southampton from relegation. He started slowly but will certainly catch up with easier fixtures lined up for Southampton in the coming weeks and given his exploits, Ings is a bargain at £8.5.
Wolves’ Jimenez had a blast of a season, raking up a points tally of 195 and is a steal deal at £8.5. Began the campaign with 8 FPL points and is expected to continue on this path with easy fixtures, except for Manchester City in Game Week 2. Richarlison is a fairly decent striker at a very modest £8.0, finishing on a total of 165 points last season.
Another pricey option might be Sergio Aguero, who, if fit, yields key FPL points. Delivered a total of 135 points in just 1449 minutes of playing time. Other options who might furnish vital FPL points include Harry Kane (£10.5), Gabriel Jesus (£9.5), and Chelsea’s recruit Timo Werner (£8.5), although he might be unavailable for Game Week 2.
Calvert-Lewin (£7.1), Callum Wilson (£6.5), Sebastian Haller (£6.4), Jordan Ayew (£6.0), Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0) and Patrick Bamford (£5.6) are some perfect budget options to choose from.
There are many contenders for captaincy for Game Week 2. Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, and Anthony Martial begin the season at home against Crystal Palace, Jamie Vardy plays Burnley at home, De Bruyne hits off against Wolves at Molineux, while Aubameyang faces West Ham at the Emirates. Looking at the fixtures, the safest bet for captaincy lies with Aubameyang with Vardy being the vice-captain.
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Arsenal fans weren’t even done celebrating the FA Cup trophy their club won last season, and it was already the turn of the Community Shield, a game that traditionally marks the start of a new Premier League season. The Community Shield win grabbed by Arsenal against Liverpool fueled the hope of the Gunners’ faithful. The... The post A Slightly Different View of Arsenal’s Chances for the Title appeared first on...
Arsenal fans weren’t even done celebrating the FA Cup trophy their club won last season, and it was already the turn of the Community Shield, a game that traditionally marks the start of a new Premier League season. The Community Shield win grabbed by Arsenal against Liverpool fueled the hope of the Gunners’ faithful. The hope that, by beginning the new season with a piece of silver, Arsenal have more chance of ending the season with an even more valuable trophy at the hands of their favorite players.
Arsenal had even less time than Liverpool to celebrate the FA Cup win. The Reds secured the Premier League, ending a 30-year wait for the title, 39 days before the Community Shield game. On the other hand, the North London team raised the FA Cup trophy on August 1, again at Wembley, following a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. Another gloomy season for the Gunners ended on a different note. A trophy is a trophy, and the FA Cup is certainly priceless.
Only in his first season, in just eight months, Mikel Arteta steered Arsenal to a Cup win and won the first trophy of his managerial career. The back-to-back trophy wins by Arteta certainly proves that the Gunners have found the right man in the dugout, who can lead them to similar heights and successes of the first half of the Arsene Wenger era. The chance of winning the Premier League trophy once again seems more believable for Arsenal.
Nevertheless, as much as football fans around the world were looking forward to it, the Community Shield match against Liverpool came in an awkward moment, but not just for Arsenal. A serious competitive match after only two weeks of preparation isn’t the happiest solution to kick-off their Premier League season.
There’s a study pinpointing what Arsenal needs to do to truly have a chance of winning the PL trophy battle next season – a fast start to the season. It is of great essence, not only for Arsenal but for any team’s ambitions, for any chance of success at the 2020/21 Premier League title.
The extent of change in the top division over the last three decades has been so huge that now, after just 10 league games, rational assumptions about how the top of the table will look can be made.
By studying historical Premier League data, the average points tally of eventual champions after 10 games in the first 11 years of Premier League was slightly above 20. That’s when Arsenal stepped in! Wenger’s Invincibles led from the front in the 2003/04 season, having a points tally of 24 after 10 games, while their final points tally was 90, both being the second-highest in Premier League history at the time.
Jose Mourinho followed suit the next season at Chelsea, grabbing 23 points in the first 10 games. Next year, Mourinho again led the Blues to the title, with a points tally of 28 after 10 games, with 9 wins and a draw. The new way of winning the title, the emphasis on the performance in the first 10 rounds, was established.
Furthermore, examining the data showed that the average league position of PL champions after 10 matches has moved from 2.45 (in the period from 1992 to 2003) to 2 (in the period afterward). Also, the average points after 10 games of the future champions have increased from 20.8 to 24 in the above observed periods.
The good thing is that Arteta didn’t change the lineup much for the first league game against Fulham and got a big boost in the form of Willian, who joined as a free agent from Chelsea. There’s no doubt that the eyes of Arsenal fans will be on him during the season. It will be interesting to see how the other newcomer, Gabriel Magalhaes, fits into Arteta’s philosophy of the game, having already excelled in his first game.
Moreover, it has rarely happened that the Gunners have played so few pre-season games like this year. Is it a good sign? Only time will tell.
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