Premier League: Reasons for Arsenal's good start to the season

Premier League: Reasons for Arsenal’s good start to the season

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“We like to play our football at the moment. We will push to be the best. Because the ranking will not lie after 38 days. » These words are those of Mikel Arteta, coming out of his mouth just after the 6th victory in 7 Premier League games against Brentford (3-0), which allowed Arsenal to take the lead over Manchester City. At the start of the 2022-23 season, the Londoners are (almost) irresistible and are pulling off feats, both in play and in results. Probably nobody expected such a high Arsenal, but this is the result of constant work for several months, reinforced by a quality transfer window this summer.

As we explained to you at the end of last season, Les Canonniers’ 21-22 exercise was frustrating, but very promising in view of the elements that were seen on the ground. After a high-flying summer preparation, Mikel Arteta’s troupe continued their momentum by lining up 5 consecutive successes in the championship. The defeat suffered at Old Trafford against Manchester United (3-1) sounds like a mishap, as this clash could have gone in favor of Arsenal. Before the Gunners resume their forward march, therefore, in Brentford (3-0).

Coherence and automation

“Today we are the first in the Premier League, I am very happy. Yesterday I was pissed off because we lost it (Man City were provisional leaders) and we use it today because we want to come back and show that we want to be there and that is what we are going to do. Really I enjoyed the way we played.”, the Spanish coach explained in particular at the Gtech Community Stadium, where his team had drunk the broth during the first day of the Premier League last year (0-2). Since then, a lot has changed in Arsenal’s ranks, certainly diminished at the time.

Rookies have settled into the XI (such as Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White, who surprises at right-back this season), while other elements have gained consistency and momentum (Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinellin Martin Ødegaard). The consistency of the 4-2-3-1 system implemented by Arteta, who has found his typical team, combined with the quality of the 2022 summer recruits (Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko or Fabio Vieira) make the Gunners a most formidable team. that in recent months in the last 25 meters, while playing a very attractive game and getting better and better oiled.

decisive recruits

William Saliba, considered a rookie by many, had no problem establishing himself as a central hinge alongside Gabriel Magalhães and impressing everyone in His Majesty’s Kingdom. In addition to not having lost any important players, Arsenal had the good idea to steal Jesus and Zinchenko from City. The Brazilian, unsustainable in the attack front and author of 4 goals in PL, has already become indispensable. The Ukrainian has also quickly adapted to Mikel Arteta’s style of play and is doing his team-mates a lot of good.

In the middle, Granit Xhaka, patched up with the fans, seems to finally become the player the fans expected to see when he arrived in 2016 for €45M and enjoys his freer role thanks to the defensive presence of Thomas Partey. Not to mention the tireless work of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, more mature and still dangerous, on the wings, nor the key role of captain Ødegaard as number 10. This is undoubtedly the result of the excellent work of Mikel Arteta (named coach of the month August Premier League), his staff and Arsenal management for several months.

Towards a North London electric derby

However, the ability of the Gunners to respond against the member of the top 6 remains to be determined. The North London derby, against Tottenham, comes at just the right time, just after the international break (October 1) and without a doubt It will allow us to see more clearly in that direction, against a formation of the Spurs, also in form and still undefeated. Arsenal fans, who will also have to juggle the Europa League, have reason to be optimistic anyway, a feeling that has been all too rare for many years at the Emirates Stadium.

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