And so I begin.. I have missed Arsenal’s last two premier league games due to some work commitment with both being a defeat to Manchester City and Chelsea.
This time I dare not miss the West Ham game, and gladly we won, 3-1, could I have been the lucky charm the team needed before?.. Smiles, maybe or maybe not.
Here are four things I noticed from the Arsenal vs West Ham game.
– Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is in a dip run of form
Aubameyang scored 10 league goals in 13 matches when he joined in January and many had hope he’d hit the season running with goals. Three matches gone and PEA hasn’t find the net.
In as much as it is still early days Aubameyang has failed to be clinical in front of goal, he had two clear cut chances which he should have scored against Chelsea but he didn’t. However, it seems a run on the bench for the Gabonese might see him get back his scoring form or perhaps he feels too isolated upfront, Emery should just find a way to pair him alongside Lacazette maybe it will work out for his form.
– Bellerin has improved
You might not like his defensive abilities but going forward, Hector Bellerin has been an asset to Arsenal, little wonder why most of Arsenal’s attacking play has come from the right wing, he had two assist vs West Ham and also created chances vs Chelsea last week which Aubameyang squandered. His crosses this season has improved compared to last season when he was poor.
If Hector continues his form upfront it might be difficult for Emery to drop him.
– Monreal has started again.
Last season, Nacho Monreal had the most prolific campaign of his career after scoring six times in 39 appearances – and notably, each of those strikes was our first goal in the game. The Spain international has developed a knack of scoring at important times for us, and he continued his habit with the equaliser against the Hammers just as we were starting to wonder where a goal would come from.
It is hard to think of many better-value signings than Monreal.
– Unai Emery Not Wenger, Substitution Not Late
During Arsene Wenger’s era at Arsenal, his subs start from the 70th minute but this is Unai, it doesn’t take too long.
One of the most notable things we have seen during matches at the start of the Unai Emery era has been our head coach’s willingness to make an early change if the situation requires it. Last weekend, we saw Lucas Torreira come on at half-time for Granit Xhaka, and this time round we saw Alexandre Lacazette introduced the interval for Alex Iwobi, and by the 56th minute Torreira had come on for Matteo Guendouzi. If things aren’t working, Emery has shown he will change it as soon as is necessary.