Arteta’s Arsenal made it 8 wins out of 9 and most importantly went back to the top of the Premier League table. Whether or not the gunners will be there at the end of the season is a whole different discussion.
But with almost 24% of the season played, they are in the best possible situation to stake their claim for their first ever league title since the move from Highbury to Emirates.
We have a decent sample size to differentiate Arsenal’s 2021/22 and 2022/23 through the first 9 games.
Arsenal have doubled the amount of wins in 2022/23 registering 8 victories. Interestingly enough, the gunners are yet to draw a game so far this season. Manchester United and Arsenal are the only two sides who have not drawn a game yet. Arsenal’s only loss came against the red half of Manchester a few weeks ago. Meanwhile the blue half of Manchester, City are the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League.
Goal Scored & Conceded.
Arsenal have more than doubled their scoring tally from last season after the first 9 games, registering 23 goals. This is 13 more than they scored last season at the same period. The gunners have the second best attack in the league behind City who have banged in an incredible 33 goals, well on pace to score 110+. The goals have been shared all around the plate with new signing Jesus leading the line with 5 goals whereas fellow forwards Martinelli and Saka have scored 4 and 3 respectively.
There are not a lot of negatives this season but if you would like one its the clean sheets or the lack of it. They do not have one at home in the Premier League and have just 3 in total. But, they have conceded 10, which is 3 less than last season’s tally at the same period.
xG & xGA
Expected goals and assists could sometimes be termed as a subjective statline and some people disregard it. Basically, some like it some don’t. However, it gives a quick summary of the box score and a tentative idea of how the game went.
Last season, Arsenal had an xG of 11.2 and scored just 10 whereas this season they have an xG of 18 but they have outperformed the xG by scoring 23 goals. We can say the finishing has been decent this season, can’t we?
As far as expected goals against, Arsenal were dismal last year, allowed 13 but had an xGA of 14.6
This year, the xGA is 7.7 but they have allowed 10. May be a few fluke goals conceded? The fact that xGA is half of last year means the defense has improved with the integration of Willian Saliba into the starting XI.
Arsenal was well known to have plethora of possession under the reign of Arsene Wenger, playing some sumptuous football at times. However, possession dominance specially against bigger teams has been hard to come by ever since the departure of papa Wenger.
Arteta has surely started to turn that corner around as his side are much more capable of taking care of the ball. Arsenal averaged 47% possession in the first 9 games last season whereas they have a little over 57% ball possession this year.
Center back pairing of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes along with the goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale are the only players that have started and finished all the 9 Premier League games this season(810 minutes), providing much needed stability and spine to the Arsenal backline that had been mediocre for years.