Arsenal moved up one place in the post restart League, from 10th to ninth – which is something, if not very much.
Arsenal remain tenth in the actual Premier League table, but rank only 16th for chances created this season, with 7.8 per game. The league average is 9.3, while Manchester City create 15.1 chances per game.
Mikel Arteta said: “They don’t lie, those statistics, and when you relate that to Arsenal it’s not good enough,”
This is borne out by the Villa result. Villa, as Dean Smith said in his post-match interview, closed down the spaces in front of the penalty area, and defended crosses aggressively.
The majority of Arsenal’s attacks involved spreading it out to the wings and crossing.
As the Telegraph tactics analysis points out – at Villa, Arsenal only won 38% of duels in the Villa area. It adds that Arsenal don’t have a natural big target man for this approach.
And while Arsenal were spread across the width of the pitch, Villa countered at speed – often down the middle.
The analysis makes a creative midfielder who can find space between the lines and break the lines in the final third essential.
So, the gossip that Turkish outlet Haberlar claims Fenerbahce are weighing up whether to sign Ozil on loan for the 2020/21 signing, with the club willing to stump up £3 million of the German’s salary is ‘interesting’. Less than three months of the salary – but better than nothing.
In terms of today’s match, if history is anything to go by, Arsenal have won six and drawn two of their last eight home league games, and Watford have failed to score in four out of five of their last Premier League away games. But Watford are unpredictable, last day vibes could kick-in and the Hornets can play the same way as Villa did on Tuesday.
Good to see Bukayo Saka getting the Number 7 shirt inherited from a long line of famous players – Pires, Rocastle, Brady and Armstrong to name but four. It confirms Mkhitaryan has moved on to Roma.
In other news, Arsenal have signed up to the online platform Twitch
And will be joined by Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain
Expect behind the scenes content and youth matches and press conference broadcasts.