Arsenal was desperately figuring out ways to win a Premier League game. After a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United at home, they lost the plot and ended up losing games more often than not. In fact, they went from bad to worse so much that it is their worst start to their campaign since the 1974 season.
The Gunners can count themselves unlucky for what happened so far in the season. They could have won some fixtures had they not concede cheap goals. They came under fire for failing to score goals in open play. Arsenal scored just 12 goals this season before playing against Chelsea.
The Gunners suffered a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at home in the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash. After that, the wounded Arsenal locked horns with Chelsea in the Premier League fixture.
The Gunners made use of the chances to better effect and comfortably defeated the Blues by 3-1. Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, and Bukayo Saka scored a goal apiece. Arsenal grabbed all the three points and saved themselves from further mishap this season.
Having been at the mid-table for a long time, they still have a lot of catching up to do to get into the top zone. Meanwhile, the path to the January transfer window looks good now in the wake of a 3-1 victory over the Blues.
Arsenal has been linked with several new players ahead of the next window. Christian Eriksen, Emi Buendia, Phillipe Coutinho, and Houssem Aouar are on the Gunners’ radar.
Former Arsenal player Alex Scott has his say
It will be quite interesting to see whether Arteta pulls off a bold move in the transfer window. Earlier, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke made it quite clear that the club should offload players if they were to sign new players.
The Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are working on the same. Meanwhile, the former Arsenal defender Alex Scott has called on Arteta and Edu to actually find out where the squad needs major fixes, trimming, and bolstering.
Scott does believe that the future of Arsenal is in safe hands after a £72m spending spree in the summer transfer window. Both Thomas Partey (£45m) and Gabriel Magalhaes (£27m) didn’t play against Chelsea. However, the newcomers had good starts this season. The former Gunners’ defender disclosed that a creative midfielder is a top-most priority.
The Gunners take on Newcastle United in FA Cup
A 3-1 win over Chelsea should give Arsenal players a much-needed boost to perform well in upcoming games. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also smiled along with his players after a comprehensive victory against the Blues.
Perhaps, this could be a huge turning point for the Gunners. The Gunners who were just 3 points off the bottom zone gained 3 more points. Currently, they are ranked 15th in the table.
The forthcoming fixtures will decide the fate of their ongoing venture. The Gunners will play against Newcastle United in FA Cup 3rd Round on January 9, Saturday at the Emirates.