Arsenal began the new Premier League season with a woeful performance against Brentford last week. The Gunners lost 2-0, and even the most positive of supporters will agree we deserved to lose by more.
Our performance against the Bees last week was up there with the worst under Mikel Arteta. There’s simply no excuse for a display as poor as that, and we have to bounce back this weekend with a solid performance against Chelsea.
Despite the lows of the defeat last Friday, there were a few positives Arteta would’ve taken from the game. Here’s a look at three of them…
Three impressive Arsenal stats from Brentford defeat
The Scotsman was arguably our best player against the Bees. He spent most of his time in Brentford’s half and he’s really unlucky to come away from the game without at least one assist.
Tierney created six chances last Friday – the joint-most any Arsenal player has have ever created under Arteta. The former Celtic man equalled his own record from last season when he created the same number of chances against Newcastle in the FA Cup – although that came over the course of 120 minutes. (Orbinho)
That is a big positive for Arsenal as most of our attacks come from Tierney on the left flank. Hopefully, he can create a similar number of chances this weekend when Chelsea come to the Emirates.
Emile Smith Rowe:
Smith Rowe has been sensational for Arsenal ever since he burst onto the scene last season. His performance was impressive against Brentford as well, and it’s just a shame that he ended up on the losing side.
On Friday, Smith Rowe passed the ball into the penalty box five times – the most by any player from any team across all the games on the opening day. He also attempted two through balls, which is again the best return in the league on game week one. (Fbref)
To make his performance even more impressive, he carried the ball into the opposition half nine times, which is again a league-high. (Fbref) If he can better these numbers against Chelsea, there’s a good chance we’ll come away with a positive result.
Shots at goal:
Although Arsenal failed to score against the Bees, we did try hard. The Gunners had a pop at goal 22 times last week – more than any other side on the opening day of the new Premier League season. (Fbref)
That should be considered as a positive, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
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Of those 22 shots, only four were on target, which is a pretty bad record. (Fbref) However, the intent is clearly there and if Arteta can get his lads to be more accurate in the games to come, we should be able to bang in a few goals every time we step on the pitch.