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For all the team building talk that has surrounded the Gunners for the past few seasons, the Gunners have relied mostly on the attacking prowess of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. While the latter is still going strong – with 4 goals, it is the form of Mesut Ozil that has dipped down in recent months.

In the upcoming verses, we determine why the lack of form of Ozil – camouflaged by the winning streak of the Gunners, is a good thing for the North London club.

Having played six matches in the Premier League this season, Ozil has no assist to his name. This is relatively strange for a player who was revered as the King of Premier League assists only last season. To demonstrate how his form has gone down, a glance at recent history would be vital.

At this stage last season, Ozil had managed to assist three goals for his teammates. While Arsenal fans could suggest that he is creating the same number of chances this season, Ozil has created “only” 13 chances this season, compared to 29 from the last one.

So, what has gone wrong? Is Ozil still tired having played his part in Germany in the Euros? Has Wenger, by the omission of Giroud, deprived Ozil of the recipient of his assists? Has Arsenal taken a step backward?

While Ozil could ponder on the first two questions, we’re in a position – thanks to stats, to answer the third one. With Ozil on top form at this stage last season, Arsenal had acquired 13-points from the opening 7 games, 3 less than what they have amassed this season.

What about the goals? Unsurprisingly, given the above-mentioned stats, the Gunners have scored more this season– 16 compared to 10 from last season. Thus, while Ozil might have all the reasons to worry, the Gunners fans might show no sympathy with the German forward.

So, what has changed? Firstly, the playing style of the Gunners. With Giroud at the heart of their attack last season, Arsenal couldn’t afford to press from the front. However, with the installation of Sanchez up front, the Gunners play with more fervor and vitality. To watch more such events get Arsenal tickets now.

The number of long balls has reduced, opposition defenders are harried out to give balls, and as evinced from their win against Chelsea, Arsenal no longer retains possession for the sake of possession. Instead, they always look to attack with a minimum number of sideway passes.

While Sanchez deserves the lion’s share of credit, it would be wrong not to give credit to Theo Walcott. For the umpteenth time in his Arsenal career, Walcott was linked with a move away from the North London club in the summer. Add to it the humiliation of being left out from the England’s Euro squad – though some might argue it was a blessing, and Walcott seemed to be heading out of the Emirates.

However, what no one could have predicted in the summer is the response of the English winger. With Sanchez shifted to the striker role – and Giroud to the bench, Wenger gave Walcott the freedom to play on the right. He has repaid the faith by providing a return of 3 goals in the first seven games of the season.

Thus, while the fans of Ozil might not be happy, the Gunners’ faithful have no reason to worry as long as other players continue to chip in with their performances.

 

For over 12 seasons Arsenal have had to get used to being always the bridesmaid and never the bride, as they consistently finished in the top 4 but rarely looked likely for the title. In a season where reigning champions Chelsea, and Manchester City, went off the boil, Liverpool and Manchester United were still in transition, Arsenal managed to close the gap at the top but were a world class striker away from winning the league. Here we examine Arsenal’s Premier League odds based on their form following the closure of the transfer window.

Premier League

Not only have Arsenal remained unbeaten following the closure of the transfer window, but they have also enjoyed four back to back wins. The first of which was against Southampton, after initially going behind to an early Petr Čech own goal, the Gunners came back with a world class goal from Koscielny and a penalty from Cazorla in stoppage time to win 2-1 and take all 3 points.
This was followed by an away trip to Hull at the KCOM Stadium. Hull have had an impressive start to the season with caretaker manager Mike Phelan leading the Tigers to two wins in the first two fixtures (the first of which against reigning Premier League champions Leicester). However they were no match for Arsenal with two goals from Sánchez and one each from Walcott and Xhaka. Robert Snodgrass’s penalty was nothing more than a consolation.

Without question, the most impressive performance by Arsenal so far this season was a 3-0 win over Chelsea on the 24th September. The Gunners were firing on all cylinders while the Blues looked lost at sea and seemed to be particularly missing their captain John Terry. Sanchez and Walcott scored within four minutes of each other, while a third from Özil all but finished the match before half time. Finally, Arsenal’s away trip to Burnley looked like it was heading for a 0-0 draw until Koscielny came to the rescue once again in the 93rd minute, which means that Arsenal head into the international break full of some much needed confidence.

Champions League

After two group stage fixtures Arsenal are comfortably sitting joint top of group A. The Gunners would have been happy enough with an away draw with PSG which they followed up with a 2-0 home win over Basel. They then host Ludogorets Razgrad on October 19th before the return legs of the group stage. Overall Arsenal fans should be pleased at being handed a relatively easy group which they should progress from quite comfortably.

Key Players

For all the talk about Arsenal lacking a world class striker (Giroud is good but has never looked consistent) Arsene Wenger made the signing of Lucas Pérez as the club’s new no. 9. However Pérez has only featured so far in an EFL Cup match against Nottingham Forest (in which he did score). Instead, Alexis Sánchez has found himself in a new position as the striker where he has found a new release and could prove himself to be the world class forward that Arsenal have been missing all along. Arsenal have also looked strong at the back with Laurent Koscielny leading the back 4 as captain in the absence of Per Mertesacker while the signing of Shkodran Mustafi looks like the ideal defensive partnership.

Arsenal are on the look-out of playing the 7th match of this season’s Premier League game after a brilliant this at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday which saw us winning the Blues 3 goals to nothing.

Manager Arsene Wenger men will be traveling to Turf Moor Stadium to be playing Burnley by 4:30pm and you can also get the best gambling odds, which would see most bookmakers place their money where the form of the club lies.

Currently Arsenal on seated on the third position on the Premier League table and it expected of the gap between the North London outfits and Arsenal reduces if win Burnley this weekend.

Merson claim the coming game against Burnley is the type of game Arsenal should win to prove they serious in doing business and winning the title.

Merson said as quoted by Sky Sports: "This is Arsenal. They were irresistible against Chelsea and Basel but this, on a Sunday afternoon in Burnley, will tell you if they have a chance of winning the Premier League.

"It should be 4-0. Burnley shouldn't be able to live with Arsenal if they pass the ball around like they have in the last few games.

"But that won't happen. Burnley will set up 4-5-1 and make it very difficult.

"If Arsenal get the first goal it sets them up but we have seen it all before, which is why I wouldn't be shocked if Burnley won.

"If Arsenal win this then at the start of the October they are players in the title race, but if they don't then it's the Arsenal we know from recent seasons."

Arsenal will be without Coquelin again this weekend as the ace is suffer from a knock on his leg in first half of the clash against Chelsea in his attempt of stop the Blues from netting their first goal of the match.

However, I don’t personally think we are going to feel the absent of Coqueil as we have Xhaka who can fill the void and also deliver a quality service like the French ace.

On the other hand, Chelsea will have to wake up from their sleep as they are schedule to be playing Hull at KC Stadium on this weekend.

Merson also said Chelsea might bounce back and get back to their good forms in the defence or face further defensive crisis.

"Chelsea really need to get back to winning ways. I couldn't believe what I was watching against Arsenal last weekend, it was unbelievable. He said.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they drew this because Chelsea are all over the place at the back and they need desperately need John Terry back.

"I'm going to go for a Chelsea win just because of what happened to Hull against Arsenal in their last home game when they were beaten 4-1."

On Sunday October 2nd Arsenal travels Burnley to play the seventh round of the Premier League 2016-17. If Arsenal would go on to clinch another win Wengers’ men would extend their winning streak to five games in a row.

All the major bookmaking companies have Arsenal as steep favorites to win the game against Burnley. Predictions from various betting blogs have the same idea. The offensive trio consisting of Iwobi, Sanchez and Walcott should be too much for the Burnley defense. Özil is providing assist as usual and if Arsenal can maintain possession throughout the game it should be another three points.

Iwobi, Sanchez and Walcott could tear up the Burnley defense

Real Madrid has the BBC (Benzema, Bale, Cristiano) and FC Barcelona has the MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Arsenal has the ISW (Iwobi, Sanchez, Walcott). It’s an ambitious comparison, but given the impressive displays as of late it’s hard not to be excited by the trios’ mobility and the excellent way they are linking up with each other.

Theo Walcott has been the one stealing the headlines as of late. The former wonder kid is now is now 27 years old and shows clear signs that he has the capacity to become the player we’ve always hoped. Walcott scored the second goal in the 1-4 win away against Hull City. He didn't feature in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest (0-4 win) but he found the net again when he scored the second goal in the impressive 3-0 win against Chelsea. Most recently he scored both goals in the Champions Leauge at the Emirates against Basel in a 2-0 victory. So needless to say Walcott is on a heater. Actually, it might even be unfair to call it a heater as that suggests that he’s on a temporary run. Walcott genuinely seems to be a better player than last season. It’s a bit ironic to say that Walcott can become a “late bloomer” as he became England's youngest ever senior football player aged 17 years and 75 days. But when you look at the contrast between a young promising 17-yearold Walcott and his recent performances, one could argue that it’s a fair point to make.

Alex Iwobi has been given the chance to play on the opposite side of Walcott. And he has been doing excellent. It’s hard not to be intrigued about Iwobi. The talented, aggressive and strong Iwobi has provided three assists in 218 minutes of play in this season of the Premier League. Iwobi is very attack-minded and sometimes he leaves Monreal exposed at the back, but against a team like Burnley that doesn't have the most threatening offensive qualities we should be all right.

Alexis Sanchez has also been doing great recently. He scored two goals against Hull City and bagged one goal and one assist against Chelsea. The last game against Basel he provided both assists to Theo Walcott in the 2-0 victory.

Plenty of options

Arsenal feels like a well-oiled machine at the moment. Even if the attacking trio up front won’t deliver on Sunday against Burnley we’ve got plenty of attacking threat in Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Between them they have scored five goals and provided two assists this season in the Premier League.

Here’s a look at some of the finest goals we’ve ever seen in the Premier League:

Papiss Cissé: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Newcastle caused a shock in May 2012 with their first win at Stamford Bridge in 26 years. It included this incredible first-time hit from Papiss Cissé that curled over the helpless Petr Čech in the Chelsea goal.

Paolo Di Canio: West Ham United vs Wimbledon

One of the most memorable players and goals from the 90s was this exquisite volley from West Ham’s charismatic Paolo Di Canio. The Hammers legend was so unpredictable and fun to watch, but also such a talent and goalscorer down at Upton Park under Harry Redknapp.

Peter Crouch: Stoke City vs Manchester City

“He has good feet for a big man” was often the annoying statement used to describe Peter Crouch. Even those of us who hate the quote cannot deny how good the former-England striker’s feet were on this day in March 2012 as his wonder goal earned Stoke a surprise draw versus Manchester City.

David Luiz: Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea have just completed the re-signing of David Luiz for £34 million, two years after selling him to Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million. Good business? The top pundits aren’t a fan of the Brazilian’s defending but bookmakers Paddy Power Premier League odds have Chelsea 5/1 joint-second favourites to win the title this season. Back in April 2013 he opened the scoring with this stunning 35-yarder at Fulham as Chelsea went on to win 3-0 with John Terry scoring a brace.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United vs Portsmouth

Cristiano Ronaldo has a reputation for scoring cracking free kicks (just not for his country) and this was the one that got him going. Portsmouth goalkeeper David James can just stand and watch the Portuguese forward’s powerful, swerving effort into the top corner.

Paulo Wanchope: Derby County vs Manchester United

As the story goes, Jim Smith and Steve McClaren picked up an unknown Costa Rican striker from Queens Park Rangers’ reserves back in March 1997 when there were no transfer deadlines. He was handed his debut at Old Trafford of all places and scored this sensational goal, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel during a 3–2 win.

Wayne Rooney: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Can you believe this goal is five-and-a-half years old already? Wayne Rooney scored a stunning bicycle kick to win the Manchester derby back in February 2011, en route to becoming the record goalscorer in matches between these two city rivals.

Xabi Alonso: Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Xabi Alonso had already won one punter £25,000 with a goal from inside his own half in an FA Cup tie versus Luton Town in January 2006. He then replicated his antics with a 70-yarder versus Newcastle in the Premier League later that year. The Spaniard used to practice these shots in the warm-ups – it was certainly entertaining to see him do it in a match too!

Gus Poyet: Chelsea vs Sunderland

Chelsea started the 1999-2000 Premier League season with a 4-0 thumping of Sunderland. It included this spectacular volley from Uruguayan midfielder Gus Poyet, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola providing an immaculate assist.

Dennis Bergkamp: Arsenal vs Newcastle United

Did he mean it? This is Dennis Bergkamp we’re talking about, of course he did! Arsenal’s Dutch forward produced a cheeky flick and spin past Newcastle Untied defender Nikos Dabizas in March 2002 in what was one of the coolest goals in the history of the Premier League and world football.

David Beckham: Manchester United vs Wimbledon

Before Xabi Alonso came along there was a player called David Beckham who scored from the halfway line versus Wimbledon in the first game of the 1996-97 season. Terry Venables hadn’t included the youngster in his Euro 96 squad that summer but this goal certainly put the United midfielder on the map on his way to stardom.

Robin van Persie: Arsenal vs Charlton Athletic

Robin van Persie scored a number of cracking goals with his magical left foot during his time at Arsenal but none were as spectacular at this leaping volley outside the penalty area at Charlton Athletic in September 2006.

Matt Le Tissier: Southampton vs Newcastle United

Matt Le Tissier was a fine player who many say he dedicated his whole career to Southampton… though he actually finished his career with Eastleigh in 2003, and even came out of retirement 10 years later to play one game for Guernsey. Either way, in his prime, Le Tissier scored many a majestical goal for Southampton and we’ve picked up this solo effort versus Newcastle in October 1993 as his finest.

 

In a recent report from The Telegraph, Arsenal fans aired their grievances about the team – from incompetent management during season openers to failures in the transfer market.

Supporters were all too eager to share their discontent about the exorbitant ticket prices which, by most accounts, are the most expensive in football. But these reports are not entirely accurate.

According to Daily Cannon, Arsenal actually offers cheaper ticket options than other Premier League teams. The report cites data from the Premier League Match Day Calculator, which shows that low match day tickets for Arsenal cost £27 – a cheaper buy than Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

But let’s be honest: Die-hard Arsenal fans want season tickets, but unless you’re willing to shell out £1014 to £2013, then you’re out of luck. That’s almost double the cost of season tickets for Chelsea (£595 to £1250.00) and Manchester United (£532 to £950.00).

Vital Football estimated the cheapest Arsenal season tickets at £1146 – even higher than the price tag on the Premier League Match Calculator. Tottenham Hotspur was ranked second most expensive at £847, followed by Liverpool (£758) and Chelsea (£659). Manchester City’s season tickets were estimated to be the cheapest, with budget prices falling at £331.

More than a few fans are disgruntled by Arsenal’s ticket prices – particularly given the teams less-than-remarkable results in recent years. Some supporters have called the prices “extortionate” – citing the massive salary of the team’s manager despite the lack of investment in top-tier players.

What Are the Cheapest Arsenal Matches at Emirates Stadium This Season?

According to Ticket-Compare.com, budget tickets to Arsenal matches at Emirates Stadium range from £22 (Arsenal vs. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad) to £207.56 (Arsenal vs. Manchester United). Here are a few low-priced matches from Ticket-Compare.com:

  • October 15: Arsenal vs. Swansea City (£71.25)

  • October 22: Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough (£66.50)

  • November 26: Arsenal vs. Bournemouth (£66.50)

Ticket Prices Aren’t the Only Grievance amongst Arsenal Fans

The report from The Telegraph uncovered a long list of gripes that are creating a chasm between the club and fans. The most consistent complaint? Not investing enough in the transfer market.

More than once, manager Arsène Wenger has admitted that the team is weak in key positions – a remark that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the current line-up. Yet, the team has not brought in talent in the areas where it is most needed such as the striker position.

Disgruntled fans have pointed out the fact that nothing seems to be changing in Arsenal’s training and playing style – despite lacklustre results in recent years. The club hasn’t won the Premier League in more than a decade.

Future Expectations of Ticket Prices & Premier League Results

The Premier League is the wealthiest league in football, but there’s been a recent talent shift to teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid. Despite the apparent reduction in athlete quality, it doesn’t appear that ticket prices will reduce any time soon. However, the growing discontent among fans has motivated some teams to enact ticket price freezes.

Arsenal hasn’t won the Premier League since 2004, yet its fan base is one of the most loyal in football. Still, it seems unlikely that the club can maintain its exorbitant ticket prices without delivering results – and that’s going to require changes – either in the playing style, training, transfer market spending or a combination of the three.

Where Does Arsenal Need to Improve Most?

You probably won’t find a consistent answer to this question no matter how many football analysts you ask. One issue that was exposed in the first part of the season was weakness at mid-field.

According to sports writer Galen Sona of JustArsenal.com, both Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain revealed that the current mid-field trio cracks under pressure.

Sona went on to point out the underperformance of Mesut Özil – a world class player who seemed to fall short against PSG and Southampton. By far, the 26-year-old has the highest weekly income on the Arsenal squad at £140,000, but his inconsistency leaves something to be desired.

Sona also highlighted the apparent lack of production from Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny. He did, however, admit that the duo only had a week to train together, and they should improve over the coming months.

The bottom line: Arsenal needs to improve – perhaps more so than any other team in the Premier League given the exorbitant ticket prices. Whether the problem is personnel, tactics or management style, changes need to come soon if the club hopes to make an impact this season.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more