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How bad will Arsenal really fare this season after the nightmare begins?

How bad will Arsenal really fare this season?

Arsenal slide into relegation zone

Two games, two defeats. Zero goals scored, four conceded.

The stats are not a good read for Arsenal fans or anyone associated with the club. Of course, context is needed: there are extenuating circumstances, with several players out with injuries and illnesses, while one of those losses was to a Chelsea team that seems ready to fight for the title this season after signing Romelu Lukaku.

But that doesn’t make it easier to digest. The Gunners looked light against Chelsea, who dominated in every department and, frankly, were unlucky enough not to win by a larger margin. Only a big save from Bernd Leno kept Lukaku out a second time, while the Gunners themselves offered little threat of attack.

The second-choice center-back pair of Rob Holding and Pablo Mari demonstrated exactly why they remain the second choice, while the Gunners’ lack of offensive cohesion is something that doesn’t seem to be improving no matter who the staff are on the field. Despite his promise, Mikel Arteta cannot trust Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for everything.

But this is not a short-term problem, nor will there be a short-term solution.

The long-term effects of decay

There will be much talk of Arsenal’s transfer window to date, with the club having spent £ 130m, the most of any team in Europe, on just two players (Ben White and Martin Odegaard) who can immediately ‘plug in’. to the starting line until.

Three more additions are planned for the future or will come as a competition for first-team spots, but it’s easy to see why some fans question the need for them when there are still so many holes in the starting wing.

What he can’t do this uncharacteristic summer, however, is make up for past mistakes. This was evident against Chelsea. Despite spending “only” 100 million this summer at Lukaku, he did not account for last summer, where the club spent more than 200 million pounds, while Arsenal managed to shell out “only” 75 million pounds.

Then there’s the quality of the signings, fundamentally how Arsenal found themselves in this situation in the first place. The likes of Sokratis, Willian, David Luiz and Petr Cech were brought to the club as “quick fixes” for the club’s steady decline, only for both of them to fail to fix the problem and create more financial problems.

As clubs get smarter with their scouts (read: Leicester City and Liverpool), or struggle to get out of trouble (read: Chelsea and Manchester City), Arsenal have for too long had the ability to do none. of the two, which has resulted in your current situation.

Is this starting to change? Well, they are certainly spending more and buying more future-ready players, but only time will tell if they are “smart” additions. Meanwhile, the core of the disjointed thinking of the last three regimes remains in the fiery heart of the football club.

Is Europe still?

Despite all the defeatism surrounding the club, it is important that the Arsenal fans recognize their position. They cannot compete with the financial muscle of the Manchester and Chelsea clubs in the long run, nor can they match Liverpool’s smart recruiting today.

As long as none of those four clubs have a disastrous season this or next season, the Gunners have little chance of making the top four. Attention must then turn to the Europa League venues.

Are Arsenal better than Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur this season? It’s a question that is impossible to answer unless you also wonder how those clubs would fare with such a deep injury crisis.

How would Tottenham have played without Harry Kane, Heung Min-Son, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Dele Alli and their partner of first-choice center-backs?

How bad will Arsenal really fare this season?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 4: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Fred and Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 4, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sports stadiums across the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, as government social distancing laws prohibit fans within venues, causing games to be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Oli Scarff – Pool / Getty Images)

That said, the harsh reality is that Arsenal (and Arteta) have to settle for who’s available, and they hope to be able to call on a team (mostly) in full force in the coming weeks. He will almost certainly get worse before he improves with Manchester City as next for the Gunners, but there is hope that the return of their key players will propel them back to European venues.

The bigger question, however, is how long can you hold your stronger side together. The lack of European football will help combat the distinct lack of depth in the squad, but injuries to players like Thomas Partey and AFCON this January mean Arsenal will be without key players for much of the season.

Can they survive in their depth, or is Arteta out of his?

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 2 5 6
2 Liverpool FC 2 5 6
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 2 3 6
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2 2 6
5 United manchester 2 4 4
6 Everton FC 2 2 4
7 Brentford fc 2 2 4
8 Manchester city 2 4 3
9 West Ham United 1 2 3
10 Aston Villa 2 1 3
eleven Leicester City 1 1 3
12 Watford FC 2 -1 3
13 Southampton FC 2 -2 1
14 crystal Palace 2 -3 1
fifteen Leeds United 2 -4 1
sixteen Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 -2 0
17 FC Burnley 2 -3 0
18 Newcastle united 2 -4 0
19 Arsenal FC 2 -4 0
twenty Norwich city 2 -8 0
Player Team Goals
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 2
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 2
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 2
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 2
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 1
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 1
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 1
Benrahma said West Ham United 1
Richarlison Everton FC 1
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 1
James, Reece Chelsea Football Club 1
Cresswell, Aaron West Ham United 1
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 1
Duffy, Shane Brighton and Hove Albion 1
Alonso, Marcos Chelsea Football Club 1
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 1
Ayling, Luke Leeds United 1
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 1

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