The Premier League has started and two rounds of the most interesting championship in the world are history. In these two rounds we have witnessed quite a lot – Manchester United have shown that with Mourinho in his second season they are a force to be reckoned and their two wins with 4:0 have definitely stunned the other teams. More about these two matches you could find at bettingsider.com. What’s more the champion Chelsea is likely to have a tough season having in mind the problems with Diego Costa, and Nemanja Matić’s transfer to United. The rookie in the league Huddersfield, however, started the season with two wins unlike any other novice.
Arsenal, on the other hand, is the team that attracts more attention at the moment due to the fact they again show lack of stability and are very unpredictable. You won’t find a serious football analyser who could honestly say Arsenal is a favourite for the title. At the same time no one can calmly bet a few thousand pounds that they won’t fight for it with everything they’ve got. All this was evident in their first two matches – against Leicester taking the three points was an extremely difficult job but they did it, but they lost against Stoke 0:1.
What is worth noting in these two matches?
Firstly, Arsenal makes the same old mistakes which eventually will affect their ranking. Whatever Arsene Wenger tries to do in defence its centre is really vulnerable. The team’s fans are hoping that Koscielny’s returning to the main defence trio with Mustafi and Kolasinac will give the team the so needed strength, but of course only time can tell. Arsenal have allowed four goals in two matches and all four of them were caused by a mistake in the central defence.
In contrast to the defence the attacking players are much more hopeful. In his first three matches with Arsenal (including the one for the Community Shield against Chelsea) Alexander Lacazette showed that he is among the top strikers in Europe. Smashingly effective whenever he shoots towards the goal, no matter how rare it could be, he never misses. He’s proven this against Chelsea, Leicester and Stoke, although against the last team his unquestionable goal was annulled. When we see him next to Sanchez and Özil, Arsenal will pose a real threat to their opponents. A few words about Sanchez who unlike Lacazette shoots from all positions and numerous times. The combination between a player who is effective around the penalty like Lacazette and Sanchez who shoots from everywhere many times will most probably prove to be successful considering the many balls that will reach the French. Not to mention Mesut Özil’s precise passes which will greatly contribute to Arsenal’s attack as well.
What can we say about their next match against Liverpool. As a whole it will be a hard match for Arsenal which happens every time they play against a fast team like Liverpool. On the other hand, Liverpool’s defence is as poor as Arsenal’s which may lead to a lot of scored goals. The latter probably gives a slight advantage for Arsene Wenger’s players which makes me confident in Arsenal’s success in this match.
Should we look further in time and try to predict what the season would be for Arsenal, in my opinion, they won’t be able to top the league but they should try to win the Europa League. This, probably, isn’t in Wenger’s immediate list of priorities but it can be in time. The same happened with Manchester United last season.
If Arsenal succeeds in taking another cup this year in addition to qualifying for the Champions League, this would be a great season for them. It will show that the team is stable.