Below is a list of key observation about Arsenal’s performance following their disappointing scoreless draw with Leicester:
– A dominant central defensive midfield display from Coquelin with 6 tackles and 4 interceptions.
– Xhaka’s central midfield performance was more of a typical Coquelin type performance than Cazorla with 2 tackles and 2 interceptions but only one key pass. Cazorla averaged 2.6 key passes from the same position last season. I thought his lack of creativity from deep impeded us in attacking transition but his defensive contribution was a marked improvement on Elneny’s performance versus Liverpool.
– Holding and Koscielny were both impressive at the back with 7 and 9 clearances respectively.
– Monreal was excellent defensively with 3 tackles, 4 interceptions and 7 clearances.
– Ox was impressive with 6 dribbles on the left flank.
– Walcott was Arsenal most threatening goal scoring option with 2 shots on target from his 3 shots overall.
– I thought Arsenal were solid in defence but like much of last season appeared to lack a discernible attacking strategy and were too slow in their transition from defence to attack. Having a dribbling inverted winger in Ox on one flank who is limited in their off the ball movement and Theo who is virtually the opposite to the Ox on the other flank nicely summed up Arsenal’s confusing attacking strategy.
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