Arsenal‘s problems are more than just a blip – Mikel Arteta’s side are on relegation form and being dragged into a battle at the bottom.
After a 2-1 loss to Everton on Saturday, the Gunners have made their worst start to a season since the 1974-75 season and lie four points above Burnley in the first relegation spot, with the Clarets having two games in hand over Arteta’s side.
The north Londoners are not just deprived of results but general direction too. A growing pattern of defensive lapses coupled with a bluntness in attack.
Sportsmail summarises the alarming statistics that have turned Arsenal from European challengers to Championship contenders…
ARSENAL’S ATTACKING WOES THIS SEASON
Goals: 12 (17th in the league)
Expected Goals: 15.6 (14th)
Goals per game: 0.9 (17th)
Shots: 146 (14th)
Shots per game: 10.4 (15th)
Shots on target per game: 3.3 (17th)
Shot conversion rate : 8.2 (14th)
(All stats from Opta – all relate to league matches)
EMERY VS ARTETA
First 34 league matches
Wins: Emery 20 – 13 Arteta
Draws: Emery 6 – 9 Arteta
Defeats: Emery 8 – 12 Arteta
Goals: Emery 68 – 42 Arteta
Conceded: Emery 43 – 37 Arteta
Points: Emery 66 – 48 Arteta
The trio have also averaged just five key passes between them since the start of the season, adding to Arsenal’s growing list of problems in chance creation.
The arrival of winger Willian has been most disappointing. The Brazilian has provided just one assist since the opening match of the season while the 32-year-old has produced just one shot on target in his 15 Premier League and Europa League matches for the Gunners.
Arteta may have inherited a poor squad, but the arrivals he helped to bring in have brought very little to Arsenal’s play this season.
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