A brilliant attack but a terrible defence is the first thought that comes to mind when we think of Arsenal. On first look, that is exactly the case considering the quality of players we have on either end of the pitch.
David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis doesn’t quite fill you with optimism and rightly so considering their performances in the past.
However, a front four of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil is something many teams can only dream of but the numbers show that we have been lacking in attack just as much as we have been in defence.
Just two players have hit double figures in goals
Since the start of last season, only Aubameyang and Lacazette have got into double digits in terms of goals. Aubameyang is a long way ahead with 47 goals with Lacazette below him with 25.
Gabriel Martinelli, who only joined us this summer, is third on the list with nine while rarely used youngster Joe Willock comes next with seven goals.
Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey, who aren’t at the club anymore, are joined by Mesut Ozil with six goals which just goes to show how poor we have been in the final third of the pitch.
Unai Emery’s tactics not favouring our attackers is a fair argument to make but it’s still not good enough.
Lack of goals from the midfielders is a real worry going forward. The game against Sheffield United on Saturday was a perfect example for Arsenal’s woes in attack and that cannot continue.
One can only wonder where Arsenal would be without Aubameyang’s goals this season. The Gabonese international will surely be missed in the next two games but others will have to step up.
Mikel Arteta has done a brilliant job in the little time that he has had as Arsenal boss. However, he still needs a lot of time to improve and to do so, he will have to get our other players to start firing in front of goal in the coming games.