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Bernd Leno gk 24 23 0 0 0 0
Petr Cech gk 7 7 0 0 0 0
Carl Jenkinson def 2 1 0 0 0 0
Konstantinos Mavropanos def 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hector Bellerin def 19 18 0 0 0 3
Laurent Koscielny def 12 10 3 0 0 1
Saed Kolasinac def 18 18 0 0 0 4
Shkodran Mustafi def 24 24 2 0 0 6
Sokratis Papastathopoulos def 20 20 0 0 0 9
Nacho Monreal def 16 15 1 0 0 2
Rob Holding def 10 9 0 0 0 1
Stephan Lichtsteiner def 12 8 0 0 0 2
Bukayo Saka mid 1 0 0 0 0 0
Denis Suarez mid 4 0 0 0 0 0
Joseph Willock mid 1 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Iwobi mid 27 17 3 0 0 0
Granit Xhaka mid 25 25 4 0 0 8
Lucas Torreira mid 29 20 2 1 0 6
Mesut Ozil mid 18 15 4 0 0 1
Aaron Ramsey mid 25 12 3 0 0 0
Ainsley Maitland-Niles mid 10 7 1 0 0 1
Henrikh Mkhitaryan mid 18 13 6 0 0 1
Matteo Guendouzi mid 25 19 0 0 0 5
Mohamed Elneny mid 4 2 0 0 0 0
Edward Nketiah att 2 0 0 0 0 0
Alexandre Lacazette att 29 21 12 0 0 2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang att 29 25 17 0 0 0
Danny Welbeck att 8 1 1 0 0 0
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Pos Player
gk Bernd Leno
gk Petr Cech
def Carl Jenkinson
def Konstantinos Mavropanos
def Hector Bellerin
def Laurent Koscielny
def Saed Kolasinac
def Shkodran Mustafi
def Sokratis Papastathopoulos
def Nacho Monreal
def Rob Holding
def Stephan Lichtsteiner
mid Bukayo Saka
mid Denis Suarez
mid Joseph Willock
mid Alex Iwobi
mid Granit Xhaka
mid Lucas Torreira
mid Mesut Ozil
mid Aaron Ramsey
mid Ainsley Maitland-Niles
mid Henrikh Mkhitaryan
mid Matteo Guendouzi
mid Mohamed Elneny
att Edward Nketiah
att Alexandre Lacazette
att Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
att Danny Welbeck
Manchester United
2-0
Tottenham Hotspur
1-1
Bournemouth
5-1
Southampton
2-0
Huddersfield Town
2-1
Manchester City
1-3
Cardiff City
2-1
Chelsea
2-0
West Ham United
0-1
Fulham
4-1
Liverpool
1-5
Brighton and Hove Albion
1-1
Burnley
3-1
Southampton
2-3
Huddersfield Town
1-0
Manchester United
2-2
Tottenham Hotspur
4-2
Bournemouth
2-1
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1-1
Liverpool
1-1
Crystal Palace
2-2
Leicester City
3-1
Fulham
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
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Season Guide
2018/2019

Arsenal

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.

Season Review
2017/2018

Champions: Arsenal

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

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