Our match on Thursday night has been postponed but Sunday’s game against Brentford will go ahead, albeit at midday instead of 2pm. I’m glad the Premier League along with both clubs have managed to sort this out because having to somehow fit three additional fixtures into an early busy season wouldn’t have been ideal, especially as other European and domestic fixtures would have been played. I totally understand why the PSV Eindhoven match is off because London is going to be busier than ever before. 10,000 police officers are expected to be on duty in London every minute of the next 5/6 days.
Chelsea’s home game with Liverpool and Leeds United’s trip to Manchester United have been called off. Brighton against Crystal Palace had already been called off because of rail strikes and remains postponed.
The Women’s Super League kicks off this weekend. Like the Premier League, the weekend’s fixtures were postponed so instead of facing Man City in the season opener, it’ll be Brighton & Hove Albion Women who Arsenal face.
Brentford, with their big, strong and in-form striker Ivan Toney have had a mixed start to the season. They’ve thrashed Man Utd 4-0 but were beaten by Fulham. Much fuss was made of last season’s performance by Arsenal on the opening day of the 2021/2022 season, justifiably so in my opinion as Arsenal were toothless in every department. Admittedly, we had a number of injuries as well as a couple out through Covid but even so, the performance was disappointing. 65% possession, 22 shots, 4 on target.
Five of that starting eleven won’t be anywhere near Brentford on Sunday as they’ve either gone for good or out on loan. It was Ben White debut day and it didn’t go at all well and Leno had a game to forget. To be honest, most of them did. ESR was the only one who stood out for Mikel Arteta’s team.
Fast forward a year and the squad looks very different. Mikel’s first choice first eleven, going from our opening few fixtures this season, is very different. It’s different to his first choice eleven when every player was fit last season too. That’s what a good summer transfer has done.
But, and annoyingly, the same old ‘can’t convert opportunities to goals’ is still apparent. Should we as fans be concerned already? Let’s be honest, we should have beaten Man Utd and the other matches we’ve won over the past few weeks, could and probably should have been by a greater scoreline. The creative side of this Arsenal team is possibly the best we’ve seen since Santi Cazorla or Cesc Fabregas were in the team, but it’s just the final piece of the jigsaw, which is yet to really click. However, unlike this time last season when a certain striker who is now at Chelsea, was sulking his way through a game, or Alex Lacazette, who let’s face it, struggled to be in the right place at the right time, let alone score, we have two strikers who cause problems for the opposition. Both Nketiah and Jesus are always on the move and with Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli pulling the strings around them, surely it’s only a matter of time before the goals begin to flow.
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