Arsenal and Newcastle’s stats indicate that the Gunners have the advantage today

By Match Day 10, I’m certain Arsenal are on the right path to win the Premier League come next year May. What makes me think so? The Gunners’ defensive fortitude has won me over.

Apart from Spurs, Arsenal is the only team yet to lose a league game, having won seven and drawn three.

However, Arsenal are level on points with defending champions Manchester City.

If there is one thing that has been noticed, it is that the Gunners have not been as effective in attack as they should be. They may have the third most goals scored (23), with *Newcastle* and Aston Villa scoring more, but anyone who has watched their games (except the Sheffield win) would argue that they simply aren’t scoring as many goals as they could if they didn’t waste the many goal-scoring chances they create, even if their conversation rate isn’t as bad (stats suggest so). The talk of bringing in a new striker in the winter is meant to improve the efficiency of their attack.

Having said that, their defense is at the heart of their success.

Arteta’s team has only allowed eight goals all season, exactly like they did in the first ten games of last season, when they couldn’t be stopped. Only Manchester City has conceded less goals (7).

Aside from goals, they have also conceded fewer shots per game, with an average of 8.4 shots per game. Only Manchester City has allowed fewer shots per game (6.4).

Arsenal not only has an unbeaten streak to defend this weekend when they face Newcastle, but they also have defensive stability to defend.

As previously stated, Newcastle is a high-scoring team, having scored the most goals. Arsenal must be wary of Newcastle’s attacking prowess, as if they are solid enough, they may just pull up another win, even if a tight one.

Sam P

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  1. The stats are exactly that – Stats.

    As the old saying goes:-

    “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”

    Unfortunately there is also the game which, despite the stats, we lost.

    I thought Havertz finally had a reasonable game.

    But we were out muscled by a very robust team, and beaten by some very dubious refereeing decisions, or lack thereof.

    Still, I think this game is a good indication of where we are this season (so far). Top 6 or 7.

    I still say that we miss that extra oomph in midfield, which Havertz and Jorginho do not provide.

    We need Partey back asap, or we really need to replace him in January with two strong DM’s.

    I can see the emphasis being on a striker, but they are incredibly expensive assuming one is available.

    Paulhino at Fulham would suit nicely, even with his fouls, and I think Phillips would help too.

    But I guess we will have to wait and see what happens thru Xmas, before the transfer decisions are made.

    However, all in all, the Newcastle game was exciting, but I never felt we were going to score!

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