Apart from Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney and maybe Albert Sambi Lokonga, stats suggest no Arsenal player deserved to get anything out of the game against Brentford last night.
The Gunners were woeful from start to finish and the Bees deservedly beat us. Arsenal have now started the season in the worst possible way, but there were a couple of tiny positives to take from the game yesterday.
Smith Rowe was our driving force last night and he was excellent. Lokonga was handed his first Premier League start and he impressed as well. However, Tierney was our best player, and he’s really unlucky to come away from the game without at least one assist to his name.
Stats: Kieran Tierney vs Brentford
As expected, Tierney started at left-back but played more like a left-winger. He was more in Brentford’s half than he was in our own and that just shows you our main game plan.
The Scotsman, in his 90 minutes on the pitch, created six chances – more than any other player. He had 89 touches of the ball, maintained a healthy 88% passing accuracy, attempted 11 crosses and four long balls. He also had three shots at goal yesterday, only Nicolas Pepe shot more times than him. (SofaScore)
Tierney was absolutely incredible for Arsenal last night, but it really is a concern that our defender was our best attacker.
The Insider’s View:
Tierney charging up and down the left-wing yesterday was brilliant to see and there’s no doubt that he will play the same way as long as Mikel Arteta is at the helm. However, Arsenal need attackers who will make good use of his excellent crosses.
The Gunners have been linked with a ton of strikers already this summer. Lautaro Martinez is reportedly our priority, but that looks unlikely now. Alexander Isak was heavily linked during the Euros, but he has signed a new contract in Spain.
Chelsea star Tammy Abraham is another one who is reportedly on our wish list and he could prove to be an excellent addition. He is excellent in the air, and if Tierney can deliver 11 crosses to his head every game, at least three should go in.