Arsenal’s season so far
Arsenal have had a decent start to the season so far but can do better. They have such a strong attack that would scare any defense in the Premier League. However, their defense is still very shaky, and they leak in way too many goals and have only had one clean sheet this season which was on the opening weekend. This something that Emery hoped that David Luiz and Tierney would have solved, but even though Luiz has excellent passing abilities to build up play, he is still prone to mistakes that cost goals. Tierney has been restricted to only one League Cup appearance as he is battling a hip injury.
Arsenal’s attacking options are the complete opposite though, as they have arguably the best strike partnership in the Prem with Lacazette and Aubameyang. Unfortunately for Arsenal, Lacazette got injured last month against Spurs and is not expected to return until after the next international break. Aubameyang has been leading the line well alone notching seven goals already this season which is only bettered by Aguero.
One of the main issues Emery has had since coming into Arsenal is that he has not been able to get the best out of Ozil. On many occasions, especially in the big matches, Ozil starts on the bench. This is a stark contrast to the Wenger days where he was the main man to building up the attacks. Emery’s system doesn’t seem to suit Ozil, as he looks like a shadow of the player that used to assist for fun. Emery will be hoping that he can rediscover his best form and fit him into this team, but with it being over a year now that Emery has been at the club, Ozil regaining his best form seems unlikely.
Another one who has not fully found his feet under Emery is their record singing Pepe. It is still early days for him, and he needs to adjust to a new league, however, he has only scored one goal so far which was a penalty last week. Additionally, he had quite a poor game in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday where he lost the ball 17 times. He still needs to adjust to the intensity of the Premier League, but he cannot take too long, otherwise, people will start to question his hefty price tag.
Arsenal are currently 4th in the Premier League but are already nine points behind Liverpool in first. Their next league match is at home to Bournemouth on Sunday.