Now that we’re officially in the international break it’s time to take a step back and examine how things have gone for Arsenal across the first six games. It hasn’t always been the easiest ride but when you look at the whole picture, it’s hard not to get excited about what Mikel Arteta can bring to the club as manager.
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
This was a pretty easy start to the campaign and the biggest stand out of all was Willian. Sure, he may not have done a whole lot since then, but it was the kind of performance that gave fans something resembling confidence for the first time in a long time.
Arsenal 2-1 West Ham
In more of the tenser outings we’ve seen in recent memory, Arsenal struggled to really get out ahead of West Ham – who have gone on to impress a whole lot of people in the games since in the Premier League. Still, the Gunners were able to grind it out, and that’s an important step forward.
Leicester 0-2 Arsenal
The Carabao Cup is only fun when you win it in the eyes of many but it is nice to see some fringe stars being given a chance to shine. It was a comfortable win and another step in the right direction.
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Arsenal started off well in this one but the real problem here was the gulf in class between the two clubs. Liverpool are just much further along in their development than the Gunners are and Arteta’s men had to learn that the hard way.
Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal – 4-5 on pens
Sure, it was a dull game and sure, there weren’t too many talking points to take away from it, but Arsenal secured their third win in four games against Liverpool and they did so with another really impressive performance in a penalty shootout.
Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United
Sheffield United were on the road to nowhere before this encounter at the Emirates and fans were just hoping that Arsenal would be able to put another nail in their second season syndrome coffin. They once again failed to light the world on fire with their overall performance but supporters should be really, really encouraged by their ability to edge out another close game, because that’s the sign of a club that can mount a title challenge sooner rather than later.
How would you grade Arsenal’s start to the new season?