Arsenal have picked up 10 points out of a possible 12 from their last four games but the season is not yet recovered. Losing the opening three games highlighted a clear issue in the offensive third – the Gunners do not score enough goals
In the first seven games, Arsenal have scored just five goals – three of which came in the North London derby. The match against Brighton and Hove Albion showed a team who, when pinned into their own half by a strong press, struggle to escape and threaten at all.
More worryingly, statistics have emerged which highlight further problems that Mikel Arteta needs to solve, as the Gunners desperately try to get themselves out of the rot which seems to have been ongoing since their elimination from the Europa League last season against Villarreal.
It’s staggering to think that Arsenal are finding it so difficult to score when you consider the level of talent available to Arteta.
Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard are three of the most exciting starlets in the league. Plus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ability in front of goal makes the puzzle even more confusing.
Head of Data Analysis at the Press Association, Ben Mayhew, tweeted a graphic displaying all 20 Premier League sides’ attacking effectiveness.
It considers shots taken per goal scored against the number of shots taken per match.
Arsenal, along with Norwich, Wolves, Burnley and Southampton, fall into the bottom 5% of attacking effectiveness of historical data for the division.
Should Arsenal want to close the gap on the sides regularly finishing in the top four, there is a lot of work to be done.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all positioned within the top 10% of the data.
Spurs highlighted in the bottom 10% does little to encourage Arsenal and with Everton and West Ham also in the top 25%, the work needed to even break into the top six looks increasingly daunting.
However, there is evidence to suggest that Arsenal’s issues lie mainly with their strikers. Despite just five goals scored, in the last four league games, the Gunners have amassed more than 60 shots on goal.
Aubameyang has scored just two in the league so far. football.london understands that a striker will be one of the key positions the club will look to strengthen in the coming windows.
Until that time arrives, however, Arteta needs to find some form from Aubameyang or make the tough decision to drop the striker for one of the three options available to hm.
Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun have all been available this season but have seemingly been unable to wriggle their way into the Spaniard’s plans.
The alternatives are there, whether Arteta uses them or not is yet to be seen.
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Source by Football London