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CARDIFF 2 - 3 ARSENAL
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette's burgeoning strike partnership came to the rescue as Arsenal eventually shook off Cardiff City to claim a 3-2 win in the Welsh capital.
Arsenal 3 West Ham 1
Unai Emery claimed his first win in charge of Arsenal as Marko Arnautovic stuck first for West Ham but Nacho Monreal levelled and Arsenal won Issa Diop's own goal and Danny Welbeck's late third.
A narrower spread of talent – instead of a more dramatic difference – is crucial in determining a team’s chances of success. A decent team who all have roughly the same level have a better chance of winning a game than an average team with one superstar. Which category would you place Arsenal in?
“It is better to have a team of all 70% players than it is to have a team where two players are 100%, the majority are 70s and then there is one bumbling 50% and one dreadful 30%”. “Strong links don’t win matches. Weak links lose them.”
That’s not to say the stronger players can’t do more. The likes of Ozil have got to promote a winning culture through their actions on the field and their dedication off it. Granted, there have never been many grumbles out of Arsenal about the latter. And, on it, he has been consistently one of the most productive players in the league.
Since he signed for Arsenal in September 2013, he has given the most Premier League assists (50) and created the most big chances (61). He is second only to David Silva in assists from open play (37 to 35).
He is second in most chances created to Christian Eriksen (480 to 478), although the Spurs man has played 29 more matches in that time. In the chances created from open play category, Ozil (353) is second only to Eden Hazard (410). Those numbers are all according to Opta Data.
In that same time frame, no team has committed more errors that led to shots than Arsenal (145). Arsenal winning and losing football matches depends less on Ozil than it does on the mistakes committed at the back.
The degradation of the Arsenal squad over the past few seasons is not Ozil’s fault. It’s not Emery’s either but it is a problem he has to solve.
NEW MANAGER, BUT SAME STORY!!!
Unai Emery was given a harsh lesson on life in the Premier League as he started his reign as Arsenal manager with a comprehensive 2-0 defeat at the hands of defending champions Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
Emery has a lot of work to do...
Arsenal 0 - 2 Manchester City
R. Sterling (14) Bernardo Silva (63)
but backline still remains vulnerable..
Instead of spending huge money on Dembele (plus losing Rambo to Barca), we should sign the Brazilian Left winger Bernard who is free agent (after his contract has expired with Shakthar) and ofcourse tie down the contract of Rambo...
Signing a defensive midfielder would not have fixed all our issues though!!!
Gutted to see Wilshere leaving... If he stays fit, it could be the best buy of this summer at West Ham!!!
Exactly, all these signings are just above average.. and only time will tell if they will come good or not..
BUT if the same players were signed by Arsene, people would have made big noise around......