Arsenal: Mid-Season Review

Arsenal have now played half of their Premier League matches for the 2017/18 season. Here are my thoughts on how they have got on so far.

Results from games played:

Played 19, W10, D4, L5. Arsenal are currently 6th with 34 points. They are nowhere near challenging for the title and once again face a battle for one of the top four places.

Best result of the season so far:

That has to be the North London Derby win against Spurs in November. Arsenal beat their rivals at home thanks to two goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners were superior in every way and outplayed Spurs for the full 90 minutes. The victory was even sweeter because of the media talking about a power shift in favour of Spurs. Arsenal dominated from start to finish and proved that North London is red.

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A special mention also goes to the 5-2 win against Everton at Goodison Park in October as it was the first time Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez had started a match together and all three of them got on the scoresheet in style.

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Worst result of the season so far:

The 4-0 defeat at Anfield against Liverpool. Arsenal were just awful and allowed Liverpool to run riot. The Reds produced a fantastic performance with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah getting on the scoresheet as well as Daniel Sturridge.

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Wenger’s decision to drop Lacazette to the bench seemed bizarre and most definitely didn’t pay off. It was a defeat that showed why Arsenal are so far off challenging for the title. The defeat was made even worse by the debacle of Wenger starting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against the club that he would move to just four days later.

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Best goal of the season so far:

Mesut Ozil v Newcastle in December. Ozil has been in fine form recently and he showed this when he scored the only goal of the game to beat Newcastle at the Emirates. His left-footed volley was absolutely sublime. It was a clean strike that flew into the roof of the net and left Rob Elliot helpless.

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What do Arsenal need to improve in the second part of the season?

They need to be more consistent. You just never know which Arsenal are going to turn up and that’s what makes them so frustrating to watch. They are dropping too many points and that usually occurs in games they should win, such as the goalless draw with West Ham earlier in the month.

There are also times when they need to be more ruthless in front of goal. While Newcastle had their chances and could have equalised, Arsenal should have beat them by more than a solitary goal. There are currently just eight points separating 2nd and 6th so goal difference could be crucial come the end of the season.

Where will Arsenal finish?

I said it at the start of the season and I still believe that Arsenal will finish outside the top four for the second consecutive season. I think it will be a real close race for 4th spot but that Arsenal will miss out and finish 5th.

Featured Image Credit: ctwino

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