The League so Far
In the 11 league games Arsenal have played this season, they have won 6, and scored 20 goals. This nestles them comfortably in the top 6 region of the table, but does not inspire much in the way of a title challenge.
The 20 goals that Arsenal have scored after 11 games is the second lowest in the last five seasons, indicating that the major deficiency that Arsenal have so far this season is goal-scoring.
As discussed last week, new boy Lacazette is still finding his feet, and the reliance upon him at this early stage may be leading to fewer goals hitting the back of the net.
Anyone to Blame?
Equally, a reliance upon the likes of Sanchez and Ozil, whose futures are in serious doubt due to prolonged contract talks, may be hindering the attack.
Indeed, both players have contributed to three goals each so far, this season, equal to the likes of Xhaka, and Monreal has scored as many goals as the two players combined.
Lacazette, Welbeck and Ramsey are leading the scoring charts so far for the Gunners, which highlights the problem. Lacazette is doing his job well, but Welbeck has been injured since September now, and Ramsey is a CM.
Similarly, the 6 wins that Arsenal have recorded after 11 games is also the second lowest in the last 5 seasons, with 2014-15 being worse on both fronts. Without wishing to sound negative, it is clear that this season has started poorly.
Not All Bad
However, can some positivity be gleaned from the similarity that this season has with 2014-15. That year, Arsenal finished 3rd, behind Chelsea and Manchester City. It was the season after an FA Cup win, and also heralded the arrival of a new attacker, that time in the form of Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez, although busy on the pitch, only found his scoring form later in the season, when he quickly became the most important player at the club. It may be that as Arsenal are in a similar transition, not only in the form of a star striker, but 3-4-2-1 is still a relatively unfamiliar formation in these parts.
It should also be noted that the four clean sheets that Arsenal have kept so far this season is the second highest in the last 5 seasons. This will be due to the excellent performances of Monreal and Kolasinac, and a reinvigorated Hector Bellerin, who has been present for all four of the clean sheets.
As for every team, it is too early to make assumptions based on 11 league games. Arsenal are playing some excellent football, helped by the return of Wilshere, and the defence is doing its job well, clearly better than in previous years.
But Arsenal fans are used to seeing their team perform well at the beginning of the season, before seeing them tail off. So far this year it seems that Arsenal have started badly, and it’ll be a serious test of Arsenals mettle to see if they can get their season back on track.