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Petr Cech gk 7 7 0 0 0 0
Bernd Leno gk 2 1 0 0 0 0
Hector Bellerin def 8 8 0 0 0 1
Shkodran Mustafi def 8 8 1 0 0 2
Sokratis Papastathopoulos def 6 6 0 0 0 3
Nacho Monreal def 7 7 1 0 0 1
Rob Holding def 3 2 0 0 0 0
Stephan Lichtsteiner def 1 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Ramsey mid 8 6 1 0 0 0
Granit Xhaka mid 8 8 1 0 0 3
Henrikh Mkhitaryan mid 6 4 1 0 0 0
Matteo Guendouzi mid 6 5 0 0 0 1
Mesut Ozil mid 6 6 2 0 0 0
Ainsley Maitland-Niles mid 1 1 0 0 0 0
Alex Iwobi mid 5 3 1 0 0 0
Lucas Torreira mid 8 3 0 0 0 2
Alexandre Lacazette att 8 5 4 0 0 0
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang att 8 7 4 0 0 0
Danny Welbeck att 6 1 1 0 0 0
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Pos Player
gk Petr Cech
gk Bernd Leno
def Hector Bellerin
def Shkodran Mustafi
def Sokratis Papastathopoulos
def Nacho Monreal
def Rob Holding
def Stephan Lichtsteiner
mid Aaron Ramsey
mid Granit Xhaka
mid Henrikh Mkhitaryan
mid Matteo Guendouzi
mid Mesut Ozil
mid Ainsley Maitland-Niles
mid Alex Iwobi
mid Lucas Torreira
att Alexandre Lacazette
att Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
att Danny Welbeck
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5-1
Watford
2-0
Everton
2-0
Newcastle United
2-1
Cardiff City
3-2
West Ham United
3-1
Chelsea
2-3
Manchester City
0-2
2
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Season Guide
2018/2019

Arsenal

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In


Lucas Torreira (mid) Sampdoria; Bernd Leno (gk) Bayer Leverkusen; Sokratis (def) Borussia Dortmund; Matteo Guendouzi (mid) Lorient; Stephan Lichsteiner (def) Juventus; Lucas Perez (att) Deportivo La Coruna – end of loan; Chuba Akpom (att) Sint-Truiden – end of loan; Joel Campbell (att) Real Betis – end of loan; Emiliano Martinez (gk) Getafe – end of loan;

Out


Jack Wilshere (sp) (mid) West Ham; Santi Cazorla (sp) (mid) Villarreal; Per Mertesacker (sp) (def) end of career; Matt Macey (gk) Plymouth – on loan; Takuma Asano (att) Hannover 96 – on loan; Calum Chambers (def) Fulham – on loan; Lucas Perez (att) West Ham;

After 22 years of French romance Wenger’s Era came to an end last May and Arsenal are now embarking on a fresh journey with Unai Emery in charge. Two consecutive seasons without a top four finish set the bar relatively low for the new gaffer, but still he seems eager to put his own unique stamp on the displays. Emery is set to use 4-3-3 as a formation, although with Ozil playing much higher up the pitch than the other two inner midfielders this could easily be seen as a 4-2-3-1 system. No major departures in terms of players happened this summer, while at the same time at least four of the five new arrivals are seen as squad members that will be getting lots of playing time. Leno is the most likely new starter in goal, while Sokratis provides an excellent new option in the heart of the defence. Torreira and Guendouzi will add extra competition in midfield where Arsenal are blessed with plenty of talent anyway. Unlike his predecessor Emery is happy to trust both Lacazette and Aubameyang at the same time on the pitch, with the latter used predominantly down the left wing in pre-season. Mkhitaryan is the other main member of the lethal-looking front trio, while Ozil looks a rejuvenated playmaker under the new manager and the German might be the most important member of the squad this season if he rediscovers his form from his Real years. The Gunners have depth too and many of their supporting squad members hope to be given a chance by Emery. They will definitely have the opportunity to shine in Europa League where Arsenal are again expected to trust mainly reserves. Emery is not known for naivety and Arsenal shouldn’t be as susceptible to being caught on counterattack under their new manager as they were under Wenger, plus the gaffer has never used a back three in the past and he is not expected to veer from the solid formation with four defenders all season.

Target


Top four finish is a must, with the Gunners having enough quality to achieve it. Challenging for the title will be a difficult task though as at least two other teams look stronger than Arsenal on paper.

2017/2018

Arsenal

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In


Alexandre Lacazette (att) Lyon; Sead Kolasinac (def) Schalke 04; Joel Campbell (att) Sporting Lisbon – end of loan;

Out


Yaya Sanogo (sp) (att) Toulouse; Wojciech Szczesny (gk) Juventus;

Arsenal defied expectations and instead of looking for new horizons after their umpteenth mediocre season they extended Arsene Wenger's contract and the French maestro will lead the team in his twenty-first season in charge. Last year was hardly any different for the Gunners from many previous campaigns so in order for this to change and for Arsenal to return to serious contention in the title race, Wenger must find a way to shake up his squad. So far it seems that this will be another summer of low transfer activity and in terms of personnel nothing much will be different at the start of the new season. Tactically, Wenger is expected to use a new formation with three at the back which he started employing back in April with great success, and if nothing else he is at least trying to refresh things. Big money was paid for Alexandre Lacazette so he could lead the attack but the French striker will need time to adapt to life in England, which is not exactly ideal considering the fact that the fans will be edgy and ready to jump on Wenger the moment results drop a bit. Many disagree with the Frenchman remaining in charge and he knows that serious pressure targeting him or the players might affect the entire campaign, so Arsenal will be looking for a strong start in the first few months. The only other new arrival is that of the talented left-back, Sead Kolasinac, who is a perfect fit for the new formation with aggressive wing-backs. With nobody major departing the squad yet, the Gunners are showing once again that they trust their players. However, a lot will depend on the futures of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who have both been heavily linked with moves away before the transfer window shuts. Arsenal will certainly struggle to mount a title challenge especially if the Chilean star leaves as he has been their best player for the past couple of seasons.

Target


Arsenal are hoping for a strong season but it is hard to predict which way things will sway for them. A top six finish looks certain, but realistically any placement from first to sixth won’t surprise as the Gunners have the talent but based on previous campaigns, not the consistency.

Season Review
2017/2018

Champions: Arsenal

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Arsenal suffered their worst ever campaign in over two decades in what was Arsene Wenger’s last year in charge after 22 years at the helm. From the off it became evident that the Gunners will continue to struggle on their travels, they were very poor on the road the previous season, and despite winning all of their opening seven home matches in the Premier League Arsenal earned a single point from their first four away outings, they also scored just one goal in these games, and this immediately saw them playing catch up. Come December Arsenal’s camp was shaking by turmoil with the team’s big star Alexis Sanchez wanting out, the big summer signing Lacazette struggling for form and many fans passionately demanding Wenger’s head. This toxic atmosphere didn’t help the players and a home defeat against Man United at the start of December signalled the beginning of the end. This 1:3 loss saw Arsenal slipping out of the top four and they never returned there again. The away form in 2018 got even poorer, injuries to members of the shaky anyway defence unsettled the squad, with the Gunners not earning their first league points on the road until the final round of the season. This was why they never got even close to challenging for a top four finish. With the runs in the two domestic cups also unnaturally short and semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in Europa League Arsenal finished the campaign without silverware. Some promise for better future was hinted by the goals and good combinations offered by the winter arrivals Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, but Wenger eventually cracked under the pressure and he is resigning after 22 years in charge, which could see several seasons of rebuilding at the Emirates.


Player of the Season: Aaron Ramsey

2016/2017

Champions: Arsenal

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For yet another year Arsenal’s season was marked by constant rumours and attacks on coach Arsene Wenger, who remained in charged despite the pressure and celebrated his 20th year at the club. However, Arsenal failed for the first time in 19 years to finish in the top four and next season will be the first one without the Gunners in the Champions League. The gaffer splashed a lot of cash in the summer on just two signings, with both Perez and Xhaka not seen as good as the money paid for them. Especially in 2016 this was hurting Wenger’s popularity because Perez was constantly plagued by injuries, while Xhaka’s early displays were a controversial mix. Still the great form of Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil saw Arsenal winning six games in a row in early autumn and going unbeaten in twelve consecutive rounds until mid-December. It was the goals of Sanchez and Walcott and the assists of Ozil that were pushing the team forward in this period but when the busy festive period came the Gunners showed signs of decline. Back-to-back defeats vs. Man City and Everton just before Christmas and two more consecutive losses against Watford and Chelsea early in 2017 put pressure on Wenger and the fans turned aggressively against him in early February after a humiliating exit of the Champions League in a 2:10 aggregate trashing vs. Bayern Munchen. By that time Walcott’s form had dropped dramatically and he didn’t start many games in 2017, with Iwobi also losing his starting position due to poor form. Arsenal continued to experience serious problems on the road in March and April and they lost four of their five away matches in this period, which proved to be the main reason why in the end they finished a point behind the top four. Sanchez remained the only solid contributor throughout the entire campaign, with Ozil’s form also dropped in the spring. At least there was trophy for Wenger in his 20th season in charge as the Gunners gathered themselves and in the FA Cup final at Wembley they deservedly beat champions Chelsea 2:1 to win their record 13th cup.


Player of the Season: Alexis Sanchez

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