How well has Arsenal played this season after eight games?
The season is now eight games old, Arsenal sits third one point behind Man City. But how good have Unai Emery’s men really been?
There is a lot of debate over the team’s performances, especially against Watford, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Man Utd. Some fans have commented on this site that Arsenal have been poor and lucky, others disagree vehemently.
So, let’s have a quick look over the first eight games and rate each one. Then let me know whether you agree or disagree.
Newcastle United – 8
I know Newcastle were in serious trouble at the start of the season but winning at St James Park is no easy task. It was a clean sheet with the new signings unavailable and loads of injuries. To me, this was a good performance, especially bearing in mind Arsenal’s away record.
Burnley – 7
Could have been better but it was still fairly comfortable and we did get to see some Ceballos magic.
Liverpool – 5
Losing against the best team in Europe at their ground is not embarrassing but there was a feeling we could have done better. Individual errors and poor tactics contributed to the only defeat this season.
Tottenham – 6
Game of two halves, it was a great comeback but the first half was woeful. This was a game Arsenal should have won but errors again undid us.
Watford – 5
Another game of two halves and while the first half was ok, the second half was atrocious. Probably the worse performance of the season.
Aston Villa – 8
I thought hard about this and yes, the first half was a disgrace but not the second half. The second 45 minutes showed pure character, it showed a very different Arsenal. We saw passion and a never say die spirit, the lads stood up and were counted. Coming back twice with ten men and winning is not an easy thing to do in the Premier League against any team.
Man Utd – 6
Not impressed to be honest. United was there for the taking but Arsenal played too negative, this was a golden opportunity blown.
Bournemouth – 7
Was not a great performance I will admit but a win is a win. This result showed Arsenal can win ugly and that is a key ingredient to having a successful season.
Overall – 7
Third is very good at this stage but it could have been better and there are some worrying issues but so far so good.