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3 key areas Arsenal need to strengthen to remain competitive

  • Mikel Arteta will need to address these three areas if he wants to keep the Gunners from slipping into mediocrity.
Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 06 Jan 2020, 20:09 IST

Arsenal manager - Mikel Arteta
Arsenal manager - Mikel Arteta

The Premier League is already in full force. Clubs are struggling to rise higher on the table. Some of the teams that were expected to be among the early-risers have stood up to be counted while some have been very disappointing.

Among the teams whose rise to the top has been a fairytale are the likes of Leicester City, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace. On the other hand, the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton are yet to make their fans happy.

Although, it appears the fight for the Champions League places is still on for Tottenham and Arsenal, yet, performance-wise, the season appears to be over for the Gunners. They currently lie in 10th place, a whooping 31 points behind league-leaders, Liverpool and 9 points behind 4th-placed Chelsea.

That isn't to say that they are still not in with a shout. As long as they try to remain consistent and results elsewhere favour them. But, their level of performance at present does not ooze confidence and their fans could do themselves a world of good by proceeding on the fact that come next season, there would be no European football available at the Emirates Stadium.

With the axing of former head coach, Unai Emery and the acquisition of the free-flowing football ex-Gunners star, Mikel Arteta to be at the helms of affairs at the Emirates, it appears the board of the team is still bent on making something out of Arsenal’s sinking ship.

In this piece, we'll look at key areas where the Gunners need to strengthen during the current transfer window if they are really bent on getting something out of this season. Be aware though that team-building is a continuous thing and does not stop in a season. The areas highlighted here are where it is noted that The Gunners are poor or weak in and need to do something about:


#3 Attack

Arsenal
Arsenal's attack hasn't impressed of late

It is something that has been said in whispers for a while now that the Gunners attack is an area that calls for concern over the years. How so? It’s been a while that we saw The Gunners have a very impressive goal haul in the Premier League. In fact, the last time they had such decent goal glut was during Alexis Sanchez’s era at the Emirates.

As it stands, The Gunners have a negative goal aggregate (-2). That does not make for a very impressive attacking unit. The inclusion of Nicolas Pepe to the offensive line does not seem to improve anything. Rather, it appears to be a downgrade on the outputs.

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This is not to say that the attackers are not good, but sincerely speaking, they don’t appear to be great together. Mesut Ozil is creating enough chances; Alexander Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe are as wasteful as they could be.

The match against Chelsea and Manchester City are good places to look at to know how wasteful the three can be. Lacazette throwing away a sitter and the look on his face says the whole story. Nicolas Pepe smashing the ball towards the stands when he should have buried it was another of their wasteful adventures. Aubameyang shooting when he should have passed to someone who was in a better position to score too, is another part of the game that cost Arsenal those two matches, as well as some other matches this season.

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Published 06 Jan 2020, 20:09 IST
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