At the final whistle in their previous game in the Premier League, Arsenal were left disappointed at the Amex Stadium against Brighton. The home side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession while also outshooting their opponents. Manager Mikel Arteta cut a frustrated figure at the end of the match as he looked dissatisfied with his team’s performance.
After their dismal form at the start of the season, Arsenal seemed to be getting their season back on track, remaining unbeaten in the month of September in the Premier League, a feat which awarded Mikel Arteta with the manager of the month award. Their highlight of month perhaps came at the end, when Arsenal secured an important victory over their north London rivals Tottenham.
However, in their previous game in the Premier League Arsenal have again displayed similar concerns as the start of the season, a lack of sticking to the game plan. Brighton were clearly the better side that day as Arsenal struggled to keep up their pressing. Brighton pushed high up the pitch from the start of the game and prevented what Arsenal excelled at in their game against Tottenham, playing out from the back. Arsenal prevented Tottenham’s pressing effectively with their precise passing, beginning their moves in their own half. It was evident that Brighton had a tactical plan in place in order to avoid Arsenal’s build up from the back as Brighton’s forwards pressed regularly in the opponent half.
Let’s analyse Arsenal’s stats from their recent game and their performance overall in the Premier League.
Arsenal were poor in their previous game against Brighton. They failed to create decent attacks as compared to their opponents. Though the Gunners attempted a couple of shots in the match they could only hit the target twice. The Gunners previous performance against Tottenham were much sought after, however they failed to make any decent impact in the game.
Although Arsenal remained unbeaten in September, they haven’t necessarily been in a free-scoring form as they have narrowly edged out two of their three fixtures 1-0. They have so far managed to score in just three of their seven games in the Premier League played so far. With Aubameyang’s future in doubt, it will interesting to see who Arteta will have in mind to lead their attack.
Arsenal’s stands at the bottom in terms of defensive duels and third last in terms of defensive duels per 90. The Gunners need improve or at least reduce the number of these errors in their defensive area in order to have a successful October. In their previous game against Brighton, the Arsenal defence was on the backfoot due to constant high pressing from their opponents. Although they were dominant in the defensive duels in their own half.
In terms of PPDA, Arsenal rank near the bottom at seventeenth while their average challenge intensity puts them at eighteenth. The gunners can heavily improve in applying defensive pressure effectively.
While Arsenal have displayed signs of improvement while playing out from the back specifically in their recent game against Tottenham, their match against the Seagulls highlighted their concerns in other areas of the pitch. Arsenal can heavily improve in their defensive pressing and duels. Arsenal will look to welcome Crystal Palace at home after the international break, a side that is improving under the mentorship of their former player Patrick Viera.