Arsenal succumbed to their third defeat of the season to Leicester City at the Emirates last night. The Foxes came with a game plan and executed it brilliantly, and a lot of questions are being asked of Mikel Arteta’s tactics after the loss.
The defeat means that we are currently 10th in the league table after six games, and we could drop down another place if the other club from North London win their game later tonight. Arteta has a lot to think about before our next game on Thursday.
Arsenal were simply not good enough against Leicester last night, and the stats show that there is a serious cause for concern.
Shots per game
Against the Foxes, Arsenal attempted 12 shots at goal but only had four on target. We have scored just eight goals in six Premier League games – a shocking record for a team aiming to make it into the top four at the end of this season.
We rank 16th in the league with respect to shots on goal per game. Only Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion have a worse record in the English top-flight. (WhoScored)
The performance last night was unacceptable on various levels but this might just top them all. Arsenal completed just two take-ons in the entire game. That is a shocking record considering our speed on the wings in Aubameyang and Saka.
What makes it worse is that none of our attackers completed a take-on. Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey were the only players to register successful take-ons (one each), which is simply not good enough. (EPL Statman)
Arsenal have definitely improved defensively under Arteta. We look a lot more organised without possession, and teams find it extremely hard to break us down. However, there seems to be at least one mistake in every game that is costing us a clean sheet.
The Gunners have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games. As much as we have improved, this is a real problem, and Arteta needs to find a way to eliminate mistakes at the back – something that is hugely important considering that we are not scoring enough at the other end.
Auba started the season in style, scoring against Liverpool in the Community Shield and against Fulham in our Premier League opener. The Gabon star, however, hasn’t scored in the league since, and that is almost unheard of.
This is the first time since joining Arsenal that Aubameyang has gone five games without scoring a goal. The last time he had such a barren run was back in 2014 when he was still a Borussia Dortmund player.
This is a real worry as we are heavily reliant on our skipper’s goals. We cannot really criticise Auba for his goal drought. We have been lacking creativity in the final third for a while now, and it is unreasonable for us to expect our attackers to create everything on their own.
Just nine points after six games
A fantastic end to last season and a good start to this term raised the hopes around the Emirates. Arsenal started their Premier League season with back to back wins against Fulham and West Ham, but they followed that up with a defeat at Liverpool.
A win against Sheffield United before the international break put us back on track, but back to back defeats against Manchester City and Leicester have dropped us down to 10th spot. Nine points out of a possible 18 is a terrible start – our worst since the 2012/13 campaign when we had the same number of points at this stage of the season.
Arteta needs to turn things around quickly. Our next Premier League game is against Manchester United on Sunday, and nothing but a win will be an acceptable result.