Looking back on Arsenal’s performance. After 14 games, the Gunners are in first place in the Premier League. Who has been their key players, and what areas do they still need to work on? Arsenal’s season has gotten off to a record-breaking start. With 12 victories out of their first 14 games,‘s team leads the Premier League by five points going into the World Cup break.
Fans are speculating that the Gunners may now go on to end their 18-year wait for a Premier League championship given it is the best start to a league season in the club’s history. But who has so far emerged as the star performer and whose performance has been the best?
The Best Player: It’s quite challenging to choose just one player with the way Arsenal has played this season thus far. Ben White has hardly missed a step at right-back, while Gabriel Martinelli has been brilliant. Gabriel Jesus has been a revelation despite his goals drying up.
William Saliba continues to deliver incredible performances week after week, while Thomas Partey has been fantastic over the past two months. However, Granit Xhaka deserves to win because of his exceptional performance in this case.
The Best Goal: There are a lot of options here. Both Thomas Partey’s amazing effort against Tottenham and William Saliba’s outstanding goal against Bournemouth were strong contenders. There have been several outstanding team goals as well, but Partey’s curler against Nottingham Forest narrowly wins this one.
The goal that Partey scored from behind was replayed, which clearly showed what a powerful strike it was. From just outside the box, he maneuvered it past two players before brilliantly bending it into the top corner. It was an excellent conclusion.
Disappointing One: Given that Arsenal has only dropped points in two league games, this is a challenging one. Though Arsenal certainly shouldn’t have lost any points at St. Mary’s, the draw against Southampton was the bigger letdown. After putting themselves in the lead, they missed multiple chances to increase their advantage.
After the break, they went off course and allowed Southampton to reenter the game. For Arteta’s team, two points were unquestionably lost. However, it is quite tough to fully condemn them for that given how nearly faultless they have started the season.
Could do better: Bukayo Saka still seems to be on the verge of really breaking out this season. Given that the winger has made 14 Premier League starts this season and has contributed four goals and six assists, it may seem a bit harsh. The bulk of Arsenal supporters, though, would likely still believe that Saka’s finest performance was not displayed during the season’s first few months. Although he hasn’t been performing poorly, there seems to be a little bit more potential in the 21-year-old.
The Manager: Arteta has done an amazing job thus far this season. The players have their manager’s full support, and he and his coaching team have developed a plan that has been flawlessly carried out.
The game Arsenal is playing right now is exciting to watch, and some of Arteta’s challenging decisions over the past year or so have turned out to be sound ones. It’s still early in the season, and Arteta will ultimately be assessed based on how the campaign ends, but so far it’s difficult to truly point out any shortcomings.
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